Rift over commodity title adds to farm bill troubles

It’s beginning to look like farm bill negotiations could spill into January after talks hit another stumbling block before the Thanksgiving recess, American Farm Bureau farm bill specialist Mary Kay Thatcher said last week.

A series of intense negotiations between top House and Senate agriculture leaders yielded little progress over a continued rift on the structure of the commodity title safety net. The House is proposing fixed target prices with payments made on planted acres, while the Senate favors flexible target prices on historical base acres.

"The feelings are so strong, it’s almost like the food stamp issue," Thatcher said in an interview on...

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