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Thursday has been circled on the calendar since the House of Representatives left down Dec. 13. With the House returning to session on Tuesday, it's expected --- well, it's possible anyway --- that the farm-bill conference leaders could call a Thursday meeting for the full group of conferees.
After all, conferees left before Christmas vowing to get a farm bill done in January. If that's the case, then the principal negotiators from the House and Senate agriculture committees should get those calls out for a meeting quickly because the House calendar will once again be working against them. The House is in session four days this week and four days next week. Congressmen are out the week of Jan. 20. They return Jan. 27-29 before GOP members hold a planning retreat at the end of the month. That translates into seven days of floor time for the House in January after this Friday.
Source: DTN Progressive Farmer