Chances to conference new farm bill slipping

House wants nutrition bill prior to farm bill conference with Senate. Nutrition bill won't be done before Congress leaves for August recess. Current farm bill extension expires at the end of September. USDA seafood inspection program again in the spotlight.

With each passing day, chances for a new farm bill to be passed prior to current law expiring in late September are withering.

House leadership continues to insist that nutrition program legislation – removed from the farm bill it passed on a party-line vote earlier in July – must be addressed prior to a farm bill conference with the Senate.

At the end of this week, Congress will go into recess for the month of August. That leaves scant time in September f

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