Among other things, I have the title here of Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. That means, I have the pleasure, frustration, optimism, impatience, anticipation and angst of following bills and policies coming in and out of Washington, DC, that could affect the biochemical industry. Few things for me have been as
amusing, aggravating, anxious, appalling, interesting as the agonizing Farm Bill negotiations in Congress.
Various reports now speculate a new Farm Bill could be approved in January. Updates seem to come daily from media representatives trying to calculate progress from the facial expressions of committee members exiting a negotiating session. Dire consequences continue to be identified should a new bill fail to emerge. One of the most recent of these is this item: Milk for $7 a gallon? Farm bill impasse could send US off ‘dairy cliff.’
To further abuse an already tortured pun, I think the prospect of $7 per gallon of milk is udderly ridiculous. In any event, stay tuned. It does look like progress is being made, with most pundits saying the House and Senate could pass a bill in early January when Congress returns from its recess.