Farm Bill edges closer to Sunday expiration

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The current Farm Bill expires on Sunday, and Congress is nowhere close to coming up with a replacement. 

Congressional leaders have been in conference committee for weeks, but have not reached a consensus on some key issues in the $430 billion five year bill.  

Most of the programs in the Farm Bill like crop insurance and SNAP, will continue beyond Sunday’s expiration. 

But in January,  dairy farmers will feel the heat when the margin protection program that keeps many of them in business expires.

The House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders released a statement following their meeting Wednesday morning, saying “Each of us is still at the negotiating table, and we remain committed to working together on a Farm Bill. Our conversations are productive, and progress toward an agreement is taking shape. We are going to get this right.”

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