Farm Bill Conference Committee Member Believes 2013 Farm Bill Could be Last for Decades
Farm bills usually pass every five or six-years - but passing a new farm bill has been a struggle for the past couple of years. U.S. Congressman for Alabama Mike Rogers is part of the farm bill conference committee - and according to the Anniston Star - he wants to get this year's farm bill right - saying it could be the last one that passes for decades. In the conference committee - Rogers says it doesn't matter whether you're a Democrat or a Republican - but he thinks future farm bill debates will only become more partisan. Rogers predicts a final farm bill will contain around 20-billion dollars in total cuts to farm assistance over 10-years, end direct payments to most farmers growing certain crops and put more money into crop insurance programs designed to help farmers during bad times. He says it's not politically realistic to expect to get rid of subsidies or do away with SNAP - but he would like to see the two programs separated so the debates on both can be separate.
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