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AGRIBUSINESS: Partisan Politics Threaten Future Farm Bills

It’s almost a tradition: every 4 to 5 years for the last 40, Congress has passed a farm bill. But partisan politics could put an end to that.

Farm bill conferee and Alabama Republican Mike Rogers thinks that will be the fate of future farm bills, and has been vocal in his belief that the final measure passed this year should be able to support farm policy for decades to come.

Rogers predicts a final farm bill will contain around $20 billion 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.

Rogers admits 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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