House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson is reportedly taking a different path to jog Congress into action on a new five-year farm bill.
The Hill reports that Peterson called Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack this week, asking him to prepare to implement permanent law, as it relates to dairy policies effective on October 1, should Congress fail to act. Peterson also suggested USDA assemble a framework to handle all permanent law when it kicks in on January 1, 2014, if Congress does not act.
With the very real possibility of milk prices spiking next year, Peterson is pinning his hopes on the dairy industry turning up the heat on House GOP leadership. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he'll put the nutrition bill on the floor next week, while House Ag Chair Frank Lucas says either an up or down vote on that measure enables the House to finally move toward a House-Senate conference on the farm bill.