Congressional negotiators reach deal on U.S. farm bill
One of the bigger hurdles in the final negotiations was government support for dairy farmers.
The legislation does not include a provision called supply management, which was championed by Representative Collin Peterson of Minnesota, the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee. His proposal would have required dairy farmers to cut production if prices fell below a certain level.
House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican who has ridiculed the dairy program as "Soviet-style," opposed Peterson's position and refused to bring a bill to the House floor with supply management in it.
Peterson was philosophical on Monday.
"While it's no secret that I do not support some of the final bill's provisions, I believe my reservations are outweighed by the need to provide long-term certainty for agriculture and nutrition programs," he said.
To read the entire bill, the Agricultural Act of 2014, click here.
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