The Senate passed an extension of the 2002 Farm Bill Thursday morning. The one-week extension, which expires next Friday, April 25, was passed by unanimous consent. The House of Representatives passed the extension yesterday. It now goes to the President for his signature, but there is some uncertainty as to whether he will sign it or not.
Deputy Ag Secretary Chuck Conner made some remarks Wednesday that make it seem doubtful, however Ag Secretary Ed Schafer told reporters in Kansas City Wednesday that with a little more agreement an extension was likely to be approved. The Farm Bill Conference Committee is meeting at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday.