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Farmers await word of program extensions inside Farm Bill deal


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin farmers are still waiting to see exactly what federal programs will be available, after some provisions of the previous Farm Bill were extended.

Sue Hunter of the Farm Service Agency said that as of Friday, local FSA offices were not notified about the programs that have been extended – or when sign-ups can take place. As a result, they won’t be meeting with farmers on the subject until they get official details.

Hunter says farmers should make sure their local Farm Service Agency has their e-mail addresses – plus the most current information on their farm operations.

Congress extended parts of the 2008 Farm Bill for another year, as part of the negotiations which kept the federal government from falling over the fiscal cliff.

Among other things, the Milk Income Loss Contract program – which provides federal supports to dairy farmers when market prices fall below certain levels – will continue as it’s been. A new dairy insurance program had been endorsed last year as part of a new Farm Bill that never got passed.