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Sequester Hits Farm Programs
Jerry Hagstrom DTN Political Correspondent
Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:04 PM CDT

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- USDA will require farmers to pay back $151 million under the sequester and will get that money mostly by reducing the direct payments that crop farmers get whether prices are high or low, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a speech Tuesday.

Under the sequester, which requires cutbacks in USDA spending, the agency will have to ask farmers to pay back money they have received under the Milk Income Loss Contract Program, the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program known as SURE and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance program.

Vilsack said that about 350,000 producers will be asked ...

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