The clock is ticking on whether Congress will be able to settle on a new Federal Farm bill, or not, by a September 30th deadline.

The current farm bill expires at the end of this month, and if not at least renewed, would revert back to 1940's federal policy on food aid and farm assistance.

Michigan's junior U-S Senator Debbie Stabenow, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, says that would be "inexcusable" since one-in-every-four Michiganians depend on agriculture for their livelihood.

Stabenow blames an extreme right wing element in the U-S House for the lack of even naming a House-Senate Conference Committee to work out differences between a comprehensive Senate-passed bill, establishing both federal farm and food aid policy, and House Republican legislation splitting up funding for nutritional and food stamp programs from subsidies for Agriculture and Conservation.

The Lansing Democrat is doubtful the September 30th deadline will be met, although it could be resolved by October or November.