Two Valley congressmen to help negotiate $500 billion farm bill

FRESNO, Calif.

The five year $500 billion bill sets policy for farm subsidies and food stamps. The bill has been delayed for about two years because of conflicts over spending. But the house voted Friday to hold formal negotiations with the senate. Congressman Costa says his priorities will be on nutrition programs, the dairy industry, and food grown in the Valley.

"My focus is going to be on the specialty crops that we produce in more volume anywhere else in the country, fresh fruits and vegetables," Costa said.

Lawmakers are hoping to finish the fame bill by January, when some dairy supports expire and milk prices could rise.

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