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Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Thu Jul 19, 2007 06:33 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Chuck Hassebrook, executive director for the Center for Rural Affairs in Nebraska, booked a flight to Washington on Wednesday after seeking the proposed payment limit adopted by the House Agriculture Committee.

Hassebrook wanted to directly challenge the thought that the House plan to cap direct payments at $60,000 per person and counter-cyclical payments at $65,000 was actually a tighter payment cap, particularly with unlimited loan-deficiency payments.

"I can't believe people are saying this is a reduction in the payment limitation," Hassebrook said.

Under the proposal, most producers would get a 50 percent increase in direct payments, Hassebrook ...

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