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Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., left, and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., right, are intercepted by reporters after negotigations on the farm bill wrapped up on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday. At far right is the House Agriculture Committee Ranking Democrat Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Farm bill progress: Conferees plan next meeting

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By Jerry Hagstrom

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees appear to be making progress on merging the House and Senate farm bills into a conference report even though House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Congress may need to pass a one-month extension of the 2008 farm bill to make sure milk prices don’t rise.

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