AGRIBUSINESS: Short-Term Farm Bill Extension Passes House

Posted on: 1:49 pm, December 13, 2013, by

Thursday the House of Representatives voted on a one-month extension of the 2008 Farm Bill.

House Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas filed the extension bill, which passed easily on a voice vote.

At issue is the so-called “dairy cliff,” which would see milk prices double under what’s called permanent law; farm policy from the mid-20th century meant to spur legislators toward a new farm bill every five years.

California Representative Jim Costa argued against the extension, stating that Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says skyrocketing milk prices won’t be a problem, so long as a farm bill passes in January.