Farm Bill Could Hinge on Dairy Vote

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Approval of a massive farm bill could hinge on a proposed new dairy program the House is expected to vote on this week.

An overhaul of dairy policy included in the farm bill has caused a rift between House Speaker John Boehner and the House Agriculture Committee's top Democrat, Collin Peterson of Minnesota.

The proposal would create a dairy insurance program and require those who sign up for it to participate in a second program that could dictate production cuts when oversupply drives down prices.

Peterson wrote the proposed dairy policy, and Boehner has compared it to communism.

Boehner is backing an amendment that would scale back the program. That amendment's supporters say the proposed program could raise the price of milk for consumers.

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