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Jerry Hagstrom DTN Political Correspondent
Thu Aug 1, 2013 07:56 PM CDT

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., got reassurances from Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., that she would oppose any continuation of the direct payments program in the farm bill conference, but he declined to commit himself to vote for the farm bill, saying only that he would oppose an extension that includes direct payments.

In a scheduled colloquy on the Senate floor before the Senate adjourned until September, Flake noted that the Senate-passed farm bill eliminated the $4.9 billion in direct payments that crop farmers get annually whether prices are high or low, but that the House-passed bill includes “a ...

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