House Ag Chairman Frank Lucas says a deal to avoid going off the fiscal cliff could enable Congress to pass a farm bill in 2013.
Lucas says there are two options for dealing with the farm bill along with the national deficit. One is to make the farm bill part of the fiscal package and the other to write provisions into the package to extend the 2008 Farm Bill – setting a target for budget savings the new bill would have to achieve.
Lucas says there is a way to work it all out without falling off the cliff on dairy policy come January 1st while still allowing Congress to get its work done. However – he says it requires the Speaker and the President to achieve some understandings that everybody will show some willingness to support.