With lawmakers in the House and Senate deep in negotiations for a new farm bill, the Chairman of the House Ag Committee came to Lubbock.
Representative Frank Lucas, from Oklahoma, toured the Food Safety Lab at Texas Tech visiting with professors as well.
Congressman Lucas said getting to a deal on the farm bill is no easy task with deep divides in Congress.
"It's time to work out all the details, I think we can do that, even with less money to spend," Congressman Lucas said. "But, remember the fundamentals principle that I offered all my colleagues back East, the Farm bill is still about making sure we have enough to eat and enough fibers to wear. If it's going to be a federal Farm Bill, it has to be something where the safety net work for all commodity groups and all regions. That's what we're pushing hard on and not everybody agrees on that but I think we're going to get there."
The next critical date regarding the farm bill is December 31. That's when dairy supports expire and the price for a gallon of milk could go up to about eight dollars.