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Peterson backs one-year extension with dairy support

House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., today endorsed a one-year farm bill extension that would include a new dairy support program.

“Given House Republican leaders’ repeated opposition to a five-year farm bill, House and Senate Agriculture committee leadership has worked together to write an extension of the 2008 farm bill which includes much-needed reforms to the dairy industry. These reforms are the primary reason that I am even willing to consider any extension,” Peterson said.

“I remain opposed to other efforts that would fail to reform the dairy safety net,” he said, referring to two one-month extension measures that have been filed by House Republicans.

“Given the improbability that both the House and Senate can enact long-term farm policy into law within the next 30 days, the 30-day extension approach is a poor joke on farmers that offers no certainty, just more empty promises from the Republican leadership,” Peterson said.

No decisions on voting on the extension proposals have yet been made, a House aide told The Hagstrom Report.

One-year farm bill extension



Temporary one-month farm bill extension



One-month dairy-only extension