A key breakthrough in the Farm Bill came Friday afternoon when senior lawmakers agreed to move an additional $800 million to nutrition programs, which already takes up two-thirds of the farm bill.
That money will be cut out of the funding for direct subsidies and disaster payments for farmers.
North Dakota Democrat Kent Conrad says the shift is "urgently needed because of the run-up in food costs and food prices."
The chairman of the House Agriculture Committee says there's no question that Congress can complete the bill by the first week in May. The roughly $280 billion legislation covers agricultural and nutrition programs.