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June 24, 2013USA |  By: Barnett/INS

Farm Bill Defeated

For years, farm advocates have been trying to reduce or eliminate the gaping loopholes in the farm program payment limitations that favor mega-farms and passive investors instead of family farms.

The Senate-passed Farm Bill included those reforms, but the legislation is now stalled after the House failed to pass its version of the bill. Whatever version Congress eventually comes up with, Chuck Hassebrook with the Center for Rural Affairs hopes it includes those long fought for reforms.

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Hassebrook says what happens now with the Farm Bill depends on whether they start over from scratch or alter some of the most objectionable portions of the bill.

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Democrats who had been ready to compromise and vote yes, changed their minds when Republicans last week added amendments that would allow states to require recipients to take drug tests and work training.