NEWS
Direct Payments Cuts Possible
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Tue Jan 8, 2013 04:57 PM CST

OMAHA (DTN) -- While direct payments are included in the farm-bill extension, producers shouldn't hold their breath waiting for the check to show up this fall.

Direct payments normally are sent out in the fall, which gives Congress several opportunities before then to step in and redirect USDA from issuing direct payments, which cost about $5 billion a year.

But barring action from lawmakers, USDA will plan to comply with the law and send out the checks, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday.

"Absent congressional action that says otherwise, we plan on doing what we've been doing for the last ...

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