Farm Bill Expires At Midnight

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The nation's farm bill expires Monday and the New York Farm Bureau isn't happy about it.

"It is déjà vu all over again for New York's farmers.  Without Congressional action today, agriculture policy in this country is left in limbo much like what happened one year ago. Only this time, the likelihood of a one-year extension seems remote," said bureau President Dean Norton in a news release.

The bureau said the expiration only raises the uncertainty level for farmers who are looking to plan ahead for next year as the current harvest season enters its final stages. 

Officials said businesses can't set a budget, purchase supplies, or make hiring decisions without having some idea of what governmental policies are in place.

The bureau is urging lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to act soon in conference committee to hammer out a compromise on the legislation passed in the Senate and the House. 

"Without it, our dairies are put in an especially vulnerable position if volatile milk prices swing too low.  This will continue to leave many of New York's important fruit and vegetable growers without a reasonable safety net as well. In addition, a number of other cost saving reforms and vital programs will be cast aside if there is no movement to secure a responsible farm policy in the next few months," said Norton.

Friday, November 28, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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