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Ag leaders await signals from above

The chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Agriculture committees are continuing to discuss moving forward on the farm bill, but will not make any big decisions on points of conflict until there is a signal from President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, of progress on the larger fiscal cliff negotiations, congressional aides said today.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Senate Agriculture ranking member Pat Roberts, R-Kan., House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and House Agriculture ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., met Tuesday, Hill aides confirmed.

Stabenow said the meeting went well, a Hill source said. But there won’t be real compromises until there’s “a little bit more clarity on what will happen from the highest levels,” a key congressional aide said.