(Washington, DC) -- Congressman Collin Peterson says it's doubtful the House will take up the Farm Bill before the session ends next week. He says Republicans, led by fellow Ag committee member Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, are pushing an extension to, in his words "get their members off the hook before the election." He says an extension isn't necessary since farm and nutrition programs won't be affected until January 1st. That's when Federal Law requires price supports to begin rolling back to 1949 levels. Peterson predicts that could mean significant food price hikes. He adds the extension would also leave farmers in limbo as far as planning is concerned. The current farm bill expires September 30th.