Agriculture
6:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Field Notes: Antibiotics in meat and why Congress can't pass a farm bill

Leaders of the committee working on the farm bill announced they don't expect to pass a bill before they leave Washington for the year.
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

All year long, Washington lawmakers have been saying they want to pass a full five-year farm bill during 2013. Though leaders of the House-Senate conference committee say they’re close, they acknowledged earlier this month that won’t be happening and that they're pushing it off until January. In this week's Field Notes, Harvest Public Media's Amy Mayer reports that the inability to settle on a farm bill illustrates the deep divisions that have become the norm on Capitol Hill. Also in this week's episode of Field Notes, reporter Peter Gray on the FDA's plans to phase out antibiotics in meat. 

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