According to House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson, there has to be an agreement today or tomorrow if there will be a farm bill before the end of the year. What’s holding up the process? “It’s a moving target; I think we have nutrition worked out, but than it was CSP, than it was payment limits and then it was forestry.” Peterson said House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway dropped a controversial food stamp provision last week. If the farm bill isn’t completed during the lame duck session, Peterson is prepared to bring it up for a vote in January. “I want the (agriculture) committee organized as soon as possible so I can take the bill that we have now, pass it in the House and send it over. Even if Stabenow doesn’t have everything that she wants, let her vote against it if that’s what she wants to do.” One way or another, Peterson is confident the farm bill will get done. Peterson spoke at the Minnesota Farm Bureau and Minnesota Farmers Union conventions this weekend.
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