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No Dairy Title Equals No Farm Bill

March 15, 2013
By: Jim Dickrell, Dairy Today Editor
 
 

Rep. Collin Peterson (Dem., Minn.), ranking minority member of the House Agriculture Committee, sat down with AgriTalk Radio’s Mike Adams this week to discuss the Farm Bill.

In a nutshell, Peterson says the current dairy program is not working so a new dairy title must be part of the next farm bill. "[Dairy] will be included, or I don’t think there will be a farm bill," he says.

Peterson also believes he still has "good support" for the Dairy Security Act, which includes both margin insurance and a dairy stabilization program.

The biggest help Speaker of the House John Boehner (Rep., Ohio) could provide in moving a bill forward is to provide a target for both total farm bill budget savings and cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps). If House and Senate leaders could first agree to target numbers for each, Peterson says a farm bill could be fashioned to meet them.

Click here for the complete interview. 

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