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Direct Payments on the Table
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Thu Feb 14, 2013 04:39 PM CST

OMAHA (DTN) -- With Democrats in Congress crafting alternatives to across-the-board sequestration cuts going into effect March 1, Senate Ag Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow has put the $4.8-billion-a-year direct-payment program on the table.

A critic of direct payments who advocated for their elimination in last year's Senate farm bill, Stabenow, a Democrat from Michigan, said in a press call Thursday it didn't make sense that direct payments were extended last year while disaster programs that helped farmers who suffered losses were not extended.

Democrats are trying to create a package of budget cuts that would replace the sequestration cuts going into ...

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