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Neither Vilsack nor the congressional committee leaders would go into the specifics of what they talked about during the 40-minute meeting. Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., did respond with an emphatic “no” when asked whether an extension of the 2008 farm bill was under discussion. And Vilsack said, “There was a commitment on the part of all four of the folks in that room today to look at a five-year farm bill. That’s what we’re focused on, not an extension.”
Stabenow said she has been talking to the other committee leaders about reconciling differences in the House and Senate bills, but there has been little evidence that the necessary staff work has been going on.
A version of this story ran in CQ Roll Call Executive Briefing-Agriculture & Food.