New Year Means New Farm Bill
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Thu Jan 2, 2014 07:57 AM CST

OMAHA (DTN) -- USDA will continue holding back on any effort to implement permanent law with expectations that Congress will move over the next few weeks to complete work on a farm bill.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told DTN earlier this week he has high hopes Congress will follow through on conference negotiations between the House and Senate. Such efforts allow USDA to avoid buying milk products at twice the market price because of provisions in permanent law, the secretary said.

"I honestly think right now what we are seeing are positive signs from the leadership of the conference committee ...

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