One-year extension of farm bill finds few supporters

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Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013 12:00 am

The fiscal cliff settlement, which extends the most-recent agriculture law until September, is frustrating farm groups that spent 2012 pushing new programs and now must start again under a tougher spending outlook.

Congress' approval of a one-year extension of the farm bill that expired Sept. 30 heads off government-mandated higher milk prices. It also preserves subsidies that even farmers call wasteful and makes plans approved by the U.S. House Agriculture Committee and full Senate last year moot.

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