Welch: Farm bill is setback for Vt. dairy farmers

July 13, 2013, 11:01 am


MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Congressman Peter Welch says the farm bill passed by the U.S. House is a setback for Vermont dairy farmers.

But Welch said the farm bill could improve when it goes to a House-Senate conference committee.

Farmers have been waiting for months for Congress to pass a farm bill that sets out the country's food and farm programs for the next five years.

They'll have to wait longer, until after Congress' August recess.

Welch, a Democrat, tells Vermont Public Radio ( ) that the Senate passed a bill that included a dairy stabilization plan that gets farmers to curb production when there's an oversupply of milk.

The Republican-led House passed a farm bill on Thursday without that provision and includes cuts to food stamps and nutrition programs.

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