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Commodity Communicator Weekly

October 18, 2013

FARM BILL CONFEREES HUDDLE…..The farm bill’s top four negotiators met Wednesday and authorized staff to step up discussions on the commodity title in anticipation that the full House-Senate conference could begin the last week of October.
The meeting, hosted by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), was the first since the House finally appointed its conferees last Saturday. Present were Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and her ranking Republican, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, as well as Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson, the ranking Democrat on the House side.
Members in both parties said it remains to be seen what the fallout will be from the last few weeks of conflict over the government shutdown. From a schedule standpoint, it has already been costly, delaying the appointment of conferees and now the first meeting. Lucas and Stabenow anticipate that Congress will be out of session next week, meaning the earliest a full conference can meet is the week of Oct. 27.

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