Farm bill negotiators hoped to have a draft conference report wrapped up this week, but with Congress in recess and the government shut down on Tuesday due to weather the farm bill progress has once again stalled.

Country-of-origin-labeling is at the top of the headlines this week as 97 organizations trying to protect the law sent a letter to the conferees this week asking that there be no changes to the current law stating that “the final rules provide clear information to consumers that balances the small cost of implementation”.

Organizations on the other side of this issue are concerned that if the program stays in place the industry will risk losing a World Trade Organization challenge brought by Canada and Mexico.

If negotiators are able to get agreements on this and other outstanding issues soon they could possibly avoid having public votes at the full conference committee level.