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Ohio's Brown sees Congress passing something short term to steer off milk price hikes
But the Democrat says a long-term farm bill is the real solution

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M.L. Schultze
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Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says there may be a way to stave off huge hikes in milk prices, but he wants more than a temporary solution.

Congress has been struggling to come up with a new five-year farm bill. A member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Brown is backing a Senate-passed bill with farm subsidies and food stamps.

But the measure has stalled because the House version makes deep cuts in food stamps. That’s triggered concern that – without a new bill – the nation will revert to 1949 price supports that could more than double the price of milk and other dairy products.

Brown believes Congress will pass a short-term bill to steer that off.

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“We would take a small part of the Farm Bill and simply renew it for three months or so to make sure milk prices don’t skyrocket because of some technicality in the law from 75 years ago.”

But Brown says a longer-term solution is needed, and that consumer, farm and poverty groups are all backing the Senate version of the long term bill.

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The House version of the Farm Bill is not acceptable. It rewards corporate farms, not family farms, and leaves out much needed food stamps for the poor.

Posted by: M (Virginia) on December 9, 2013 12:12PM
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