Valley Farmers, Some Politicians Speak Out About Farm Bill
The farm bill in front of Congress is causing a lot of panic over the possibility of rising milk prices. The farm bill, passed every five years or so (the last was passed in 2008), is the primary agricultural and food policy tool of the U.S. government.
The House and Senate are currently battling over the law. There's been fear that if a deal isn't reached in Congress soon, we'll all have to start paying a lot more for milk. However, experts say that's not the most likely scenario.
The center of the debate has turned toward the controversial supply restrictions in the bill. As part of the Dairy Price Support Program, the Senate's version includes curbing milk production when prices get too low.
But Congressman Bob Goodlatte co-sponsored an amendment in the House that rejects that proposal, which gained bipartisan support.
Many dairy farmers have concerns over the final outcome.
"Supply management never works. It just never works. You've just got to - the main thing is to just let everybody have a level playing field, and proceed, the most oft-told lie is 'I'm from the government, and I've come to help you," said Gerald Garber, dairy farmer.
If an agreement isn't reached, Goodlatte says Congress will likely continue extending the old program.
The word is a deal will be reached this week. Either way, experts think Congress would finally step in and prevent skyrocketing costs.
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