Wisconsin senator calls for passage of Farm Bill this month

Last year, lawmakers extended the 2008 Farm Bill when they couldn't agree on proposed spending cuts.

WASHINGTON (WEAU) -- A Wisconsin Senator is calling for passage of a new farm bill by the end of the year.

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) told WEAU 13 News she believes negotiations are going well. The bill is being discussed in committee right now. Baldwin says it includes provisions to help farmers.

"Risk management tools are key to a successful farm bill, as are the nutrition programs that accompany it, historically. So, all of this is in the farm bill, and we see the negotiators getting closer and closer to a final deal," Baldwin said.

Negotiators are working against a New Year's deadline. That's when some dairy subsidies are set to expire. If that happens, new laws would kick in that could mean higher prices for a gallon of milk. Cuts to the $80,000,000,000-a-year food stamp program have been a major sticking point in talks. Last week, Republican House Speaker John Boehner said the farm bill should be extended through January while negotiators work out differences on cuts to food stamps and how to restructure farm subsidies, adding that he hadn't "seen any real progress" on the Farm Bill.

Our efforts to reach Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and Republican Rep. Sean Duffy for comment were unsuccessful.

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