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Heitkamp: No new farm bill before deadline

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WASHINGTON -- Congress won't approve a new farm bill before the old one expires Sept. 30, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said Wednesday.

"It seems clear to me that we will not be securing a new farm bill before the deadline," Heitkamp said in a conference call with the news media.

The U.S. farm bill is the centerpiece of national farm and food policy. Congress voted late last year to extend the 2008 farm bill for nine months; the extension expires Sept. 30.

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