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No date for House Ag panel to begin work on farm bill

6:04 PM, Jan. 26, 2013
Cows on Gerald Heatwole's Cub Run Dairy Farm milk wait in line to be milked Jan. 14 in Rockingham County, Va. The nine-month farm bill extension that Congress had in the New Year's 'fiscal cliff' bill did save milk prices from more than doubling, extended government subsidies for commodities, such as soybeans and corn, and gave supplemental disaster assistance programs the green light.
Cows on Gerald Heatwole's Cub Run Dairy Farm milk wait in line to be milked Jan. 14 in Rockingham County, Va. The nine-month farm bill extension that Congress had in the New Year's 'fiscal cliff' bill did save milk prices from more than doubling, extended government subsidies for commodities, such as soybeans and corn, and gave supplemental disaster assistance programs the green light.
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Melrose dairy farmer Dennis Ritter is looking for some certainty he believes a new multi-year farm bill would bring, but he doubts he will find it this year.

Ritter says while he's relieved Congress approved an extension of the 2008 farm bill to avert a "dairy cliff" that could have had consumers paying twice as much for a gallon of milk, he feels lawmakers squandered an opportunity to adopt a new policy.

"It should have been so simple to get this done without an extension," Ritter said, pointing out that both the full Senate and the House Agriculture Committee had passed new five-year bills to ...

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