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WASHINGTON, DC - April 16: Senate Agriculture Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and House Agriculture Chairman Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., talk with aides before the House-Senate conference on the farm bill. The House passed a one-week extension of the current farm law Wednesday as conferees struggled to complete work on a new five-year farm bill. House-Senate negotiators met briefly Wednesday afternoon. After approving most forestry provisions in the bill, they broke off to allow House members to return to the floor for roll call votes on other legislation. They planned to resume their work later in the day. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., said it's likely the negotiators will need another one- or two-week extension to seal a deal and finish the paperwork on the legislation (HR 2419), which carries a 10-year $560 billion budget baseline but likely will total at least $10 billion more than that. The current law expires April 18. But the Bush administration fired a warning shot at the House-Senate conferees, who have struggled for months to reach agreement on a new long-term farm bill. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

WASHINGTON, DC - April 16: Senate Agriculture Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and House Agriculture Chairman Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., talk with aides before the House-Senate conference on the farm bill. The House passed a one-week extension of the current farm law Wednesday as conferees struggled to complete work on a new five-year farm bill. House-Senate negotiators met briefly Wednesday afternoon. After approving most forestry provisions in the bill, they broke off to allow House members...
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