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Associated Press The Senate on Thursday completed a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that cuts farm subsidies and land conservation spending by about $2 billion a year but largely protects sugar growers and some 46 million food stamp
The Senate voted Wednesday not to tamper with the Depression-era program that protects U.S. sugar growers as it sped toward completion of a $500 billion bill to operate farm and food programs over the next five years. The sugar
The 1,000-page "farm bill" being debated in the Senate is somewhat of a misnomer. Four of every five dollars in it — roughly $80 billion a year — goes for grocery bills for one of every seven Americans through food stamps.
Five years ago, California farmers were a powerful ally of the new food movement's crusade to get Washington to stop subsidizing corn and start promoting the fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts that are the mainstay of the state's huge farm sector.
It was always a bloated, contentious piece of legislation that grew larger and more expensive as it lumbered through Congress. But the farm bill that the Senate will begin debating Thursday is a considerably slimmed-down version of previous
The combination could put the government on the hook for billions of dollars if the newly farmed land does not yield enough crops and especially if crop prices fall. Crop insurance has existed for decades, with the government now spending about $7
They're the odd man out in a world of arm-slinging corn lobbyists and sleek sugar consultants. And yet the future of their industry hinges on the same agricultural dollars...The maritime industry makes much of its money on foreign-aid shipments,
Heritage Action and Club for Growth on Tuesday told The Hill they will key vote the Senate farm bill that is coming up for passage in early June, punishing members on their annual scorecards for voting in favor of the bill...I suspect that fiscally
New cost estimates Friday from the Congressional Budget Office predict that the Senate farm bill will save an estimated $23.6 billion over the next 10-years, about three-quarters of which would come from a net reduction in subsidies for major
Setting the stage for floor debate next month, the Senate Agriculture Committee formally filed its new farm bill with the full chamber late Thursday, after making final adjustments in a supplemental crop insurance option to ensure a lower-cost score