With the clock quickly winding down on 2013, congressional lawmakers are scrambling to wrap up work on key issues, including the farm bill and the budget.
If a new farm bill is a no-go, “breakfast in the United States is going to be significantly more expensive,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has warned. The Agriculture Department is getting ready to make a number of changes that would affect several commodities, as well as the prices consumers pay. Beginning soon after Jan. 1, retail milk prices could shoot up by $3 per gallon or more as federal dairy policy reverts to a 1949 law.
Another critical deadline for Congress and farmers alike is Jan. 15, when the current budget deal expires. Unless lawmakers put a budget in place beyond the middle of the January, funding dries up for most government programs, including those run by USDA. Read more on the FBNews website.