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Published December 11, 2013, 05:41 PM

House to adjourn in two days leaving dim hope for new farm bill

With just two days left before the U.S. House adjourns for the holidays, the prospects for getting a new farm bill passed before the Jan. 1 deadline appear dim.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports, WDAZ

With just two days left before the U.S. House adjourns for the holidays, the prospects for getting a new farm bill passed before the Jan. 1 deadline appear dim.

But lawmakers, like Minnesota Senator Al Franken, are hopeful that a bill will be passed the first week back in January. The most immediate impact of the expiration of the bill would be on milk prices, but the Ag Department says a jump in prices could be avoided if a new bill is in place some time in January, as changes would take a while to be implemented. Senator Franken says a new farm bill will bring much-needed confidence to farmers in the red river valley.

"Farmers in minnesota, I can tell you not only want a 5 year bill they need a 5 year bill. they need the certainty that comes with a 5 year bill," said Franken.

Senator Franken also tells us he's been lobbying for the sugar program to be kept in the bill.

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