AG POLICY NEWS
Farm Bills Tighten Payments
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Wed Sep 25, 2013 05:32 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Payment-limit provisions in the farm-bill conference talks should be non-negotiable, the Senate's leading advocate said Tuesday.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said the payment-limit provisions in the House and Senate are the same, so it shouldn't be up for negotiation by conferees. The proposals would cap farm commodity payments at $125,000 for an individual or $250,000 per married couple annually. The bills also tighten rules on defining how a farmer is actively engaged in the operation.

"I think that is more than enough taxpayer assistance to help farmers in the tough and rough years, particularly when you have ...

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