Posted: Sep 5, 2013 11:00 AM by MTN News
GREAT FALLS - Some members of the Montana Farmers Union members are headed to Washington, DC this weekend.
They'll urge Congressional leaders to pass a U.S. Farm Bill before Sept. 30. But, Congress has only nine working days to resolve conflicts between two different versions of the bill.
The U.S.House split its Farm Bill earlier this year, removing food stamps from the agricultural programs.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate bill as it currently stands, reverts commodity pricing to 1949 prices. Union representatives say that could mean paying $8 or $9 for a gallon of milk.
The contingent will meet with Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester - as well as with Congressman Steve Daines - and urge them to support country of origin labeling, renewable fuel and immigration reform.
They also support adding the food stamp program back into the House's bill.
"Assistance...whether it's crop insurance, commodities - wherever - that is fair to all farmers and ranchers, and that it to being able to go into the bank and get a farm operating loan," MFU's Chris Christiaens said.
Now if a resolution isn't reached by Sept. 30, the new deadline becomes Dec. 31. Christiaens says aside from not passing a U.S. Farm Bill, continuous resolution typically result in lack of funding.