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Higher grocery prices? Thanks, shutdown...

NEED TO KNOW
  • The Farm Bill expired right before Congress went dark
  • Debate over shutdown and debt ceiling could derail new bill
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The stalemate in Washington is not just missed paychecks for many government workers; it could also mean higher grocery prices at supermarkets across the nation.

With Congress locked up about both the government shutdown and the debt ceiling, it’s not likely they will have the time or focus in the near future to pass a new farm bill.

If they don't, by a strange wrinkle in the law, things revert back to 1949 laws, which could mean sharply higher food prices. It would especially affect you in the dairy case: Milk could double to $7 or $8 a gallon; cheese and butter could also spike higher.

The good news is that the deadline isn't until New Year's Day, but American farmers are very frustrated that, once again, the farm bill has been sidetracked.

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