Clock ticking on farm bill negotiations

Published 12/06 2013 04:10PM

Updated 12/06 2013 06:43PM

SPRINGFIELD -- The clock is ticking for lawmakers to reach a deal on the farm bill. They have until next week, otherwise milk prices could soar past $7 per gallon.

Congressman Rodney Davis (R) is part of the Farm Bill Conference Committee and says they're working on it. The committee has been in negotiations for a few months, but Congress has been stalled on the issue for about three years.

The farm bill gives subsidies and insurance to farmers and helps needy families buy groceries. Lawmakers want to reform the programs because they're getting too expensive. How to cut back has been the tricky part, but Davis says he's been told to prepare to hash it out next week.

If lawmakers can't strike a deal in the next few days, come January, the farm bill will revert to laws which were in place in the 1930's. Farmers say it will make it too tough to keep their businesses up and running. That's why prices would likely skyrocket.

There have been talks of a possible extension to next week's deadline. Lawmakers have taken that route on this issue a few times already.

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