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WASHINGTON, DC - April 15: Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., talk during the House-Senate conference on the farm bill. Conferees approved three of the 11 sections of a new five-year farm bill Tuesday, a small step toward finishing the measure before an extension of current law expires April 18. House and Senate conferees unanimously agreed to the credit, trade and research titles of the bill (HR 2419), even though minor discrepancies remain between the two versions of the measure. The conferees intend to meet again Wednesday, when Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said they'll likely adopt other titles of the bill, including nutrition, forestry and livestock. With the House out of session on Friday, the day the existing law lapses, negotiators will have to decide Wednesday whether they can reach agreement on a new five-year bill or should seek another extension. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

WASHINGTON, DC - April 15: Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., talk during the House-Senate conference on the farm bill. Conferees approved three of the 11 sections of a new five-year farm bill Tuesday, a small step toward finishing the measure before an extension of current law expires April 18. House and Senate conferees unanimously agreed to the credit, trade and research titles of the bill (HR 2419), even though minor discrepancies remain between the two versions...
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