AG POLICY NEWS
Slim Chance for '13 Farm Bill
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Tue Feb 12, 2013 05:32 PM CST

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (DTN) -- With farmers not relying on traditional commodity programs as much, it's been difficult building effective synergy to get a five-year farm bill passed.

A possible solution -- though one she would not recommend -- would be a proposal to cut taxpayer support for crop insurance, said Mary Kay Thatcher, a lobbyist for the American Farm Bureau Federation.

"The best way to get farmers energized about this farm bill is for Congress to propose a big cut in crop insurance," Thatcher told members of the crop-insurance industry on Tuesday. "Because while I think they have not ...

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