Congress Extends Farm Bill 02 Jan 13

A deal to keep milk prices from doubling was part of the bill in Congress that averted the so-called Fiscal Cliff. Negotiators agreed to extend portions of the expired 2008 Farm Bill through September, keeping the nation from reverting to 1940s dairy policy. While dairy prices won’t skyrocket thanks to the extension, the deal reportedly excludes other provisions in the Farm Bill, like energy and disaster aid for farmers, along with the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program. Lawmakers say that they will continue to work on passing a five-year Farm Bill this year.