FARM BILL: Sen. Grassley Hopeful Of Progress

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It appears negotiations on a five-year farm bill are making progress.

Senator Charless Grassley says the full conference committee will meet Thursday.

Among the issues the lawmakers are still debating is the food assistance program. Both sides agree there should be cuts but how much is being determined.

Grassley says lawmakers are also still discussing dairy labels, catfish farming and farm subsidies.

“I think we are going to be able to get a bill in the next few weeks in time for the new crop year without any problems,” Sen. Grassley predicted. “Now I would of said the same thing in December 2012 and I was wrong. So I’m going on the fact this year the farm bill has gotten further than any time since 2008.”

If the farm bill isn’t completed by the end of this month, the Senate may have to issue a one-month extension of the current bill to allow lawmakers more time.