Still No Action On Farm Bill

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First it was delayed by the elections. 

Now, as Congress returns for a lame duck session, there's still no action on a new farm bill.

"I was a bit disappointed with what's on the agenda this week. I was hoping that the farm bill would be up this week. It is not," said Congressman Bill Owens (D. - 23rd District).

The farm bill comes up every four to five years.

A lot of it funds the food stamp program, but there's still a big part of it that deals with farming itself, including milk price supports.

"The support for milk prices has gone down rather significantly for our farmers and will continue to deteriorate as time goes on," said Owens.

Before the elections the Senate passed a farm bill. 

The House never brought it to a vote.

Meanwhile, tax credits for renewable energy are also about to run out if Congress doesn't act. 

Those tax credits make it less expensive for new and existing wind projects.

"What we need to do is help these folks move forward for a couple of reasons. One, it is a renewable resource and it creates jobs," said Owens.

There's now a new timetable for a new farm bill. 

Owens hopes it will be tops on the agenda when Congress returns from the Thanksgiving recess toward the end of the month.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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