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NFU Leader Says One Month Farm Bill Extension Would Be Acceptable

National Farmers Union Leaders who have opposed an extension to the new farm bill now say a one month delay is acceptable. That’s after House Speaker John Boehner suggested the legislation should be extended for a month. NFU President Roger Johnson says given the short time Congress has left to do 2013 business, most of the farm bill work can be completed leading to an extension after which Congress can return in January and vote up or down on the measure.

Johnson thinks there’s been good progress by Farm Bill principal negotiators and now only a few tough issues remain with the Commodity and Nutrition titles.

Reuters reported that a House aide said the House could vote this week to extend the now expired farm law into January.

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