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Defeated Farm Bill Disappoints Valley Farmers

A massive farm bill that provides direct payments to farmers, has been rejected.
Uncertainty for local farmers…

A massive farm bill that provides direct payments to farmers, has been rejected.

The house voted against it - with 195 voting yes, and 234 voting no.

Some farmers say the defeat is disappointing and leaves them with an uncertain financial future.

They hoped for access to a 93 billion dollar crop insurance plan.

The farmer would pay the insurance premiums to manage risks. It could be drought, it could be anything,” said Daniel Errotabere of Errotabere Ranches.

The entire bill costs 940 billion dollars, and sets food policy for the next five years.

Other farmers are concerned decision will take away important money for crop research.

“We don't grow a whole lot of wheat or corn or soybeans. We grow a lot of other crops to feed the nation,” said Research Agronomist Stephen Vasquez.

Vasquez researches crops for a living, and says research of new crops improves farming technology.

“The pests, diseases, fertilization… helps growers maximize their yield,” he said.

Money for farmers would have come out of nutrition program that pays for food stamps...which makes up about eighty percent of the farm bill.

It remains unclear when lawmakers will come back to the table to review the bill.

 

 

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