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NEWS UPDATE February 4, 2014

Senate advances massive farm bill

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 4, 2014

“We’ve streamlined programs; we’ve cut red tape,” Stabenow said on the Senate floor yesterday. “This is not your father’s farm bill.”
The farm bill would spend $956 billion over the next decade, with the bulk going toward federal nutrition assistance and the rest split among farm, conservation, energy, forestry, trade and rural development programs. The bill’s most significant reform is the elimination of direct payments, or the subsidies that farmers receive regardless of how much they plant in a given year. [ read more … ]

Senate advances farm bill

By DAVID ROGERS, Politico  •    •  Posted February 4, 2014

The 72-22 vote caps two years of struggle that badly split the old farm and food coalition. The final product represents a landmark rewrite of commodity programs, but even now, all eyes are returning to corn prices and three sets of numbers that will tell a lot about the topsy-turvy world facing the new law before spring plantings. [ read more … ]

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