A key player in the Minn. congressional debate over a new farm bill says it’s doubtful the house will take up the legislation before the session ends next week.
A key player in the Minnesota congressional debate over a new farm bill says it’s doubtful the house will take up the legislation before the session ends next week. The current farm bill ends Sept. 30.
Congressman Collin Peterson, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, says Republicans, led by fellow ag committee member Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, are pushing an extension to get their members off the hook before the election.
Peterson says farm and nutrition programs won't be affected until Jan. 1. That's when federal law requires price supports to begin rolling back to 1949 levels, and he says that could mean significant food price hikes.
Peterson says the extension would also leave farmers in limbo, not knowing what to plan for.