Vilsack, Stabenow to Meet at White House Thursday Re: Farm Bill

December 5, 2012 09:34 AM
 

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Likely farm bill strategy to be discussed


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USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senate Ag Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) will reportedly journey to the White House Thursday for what some sources signal is a likely farm bill strategy session. No other details are known at this time. Both of the officials are scheduled to give comments to the Farm Journal Forum, cosponsored by Informa Economics, on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Stabenow on Tuesday said progress was being made on farm bill matters.

House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) said that negotiating a compromise farm bill is a priority over deciding what kind of extension may be necessary to continue agricultural programs into 2013 if a new farm law isn't in place Jan. 1. "I would say our highest priority is agreeing on language that would be available if there is a grand understanding at the end of the year" to avert the fiscal cliff, Lucas said. "We've got to work through those issues before you get to those issues (extension)," he told reporters.

Lucas revealed that how much money to cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/food stamps would be left up to congressional leaders and the White House.


 

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