Will farm bill be part of fiscal-cliff deal?

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., is part of negotiations aimed at including the new farm bill in the fiscal-cliff budget deal, the Hill reported. But to do that, the Senate and House must reconcile their separate farm bills, which they have thus far been unable to do – even though most farm-support programs expired on Oct. 1 and livestock programs lapsed a year earlier. Both bills do away with “direct payments” to farmers. One key difference is that the House bill cuts food stamps by $16 billion while the Senate bill trims the program by $4 billion.