The White House says an agreement on a farm bill is looking less and less likely this year.
A bipartisan group of congressional negotiators has been working on the five-year, nearly 300-billion-dollar bill for several weeks. But they're still far apart from the White House on several issues, including the amount of subsidies that would go to wealthy farmers.
President Bush has called the proposed measure "bloated" at a time when crop prices are at record highs. He has threatened a veto.
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino raised the possibility of Congress drafting a one-year extension, if lawmakers can't pass a bill the president would sign.
Negotiators have been meeting again. The current law expires next week.
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