Sigh of Relief from Mid-Columbia Farmers with Passing of the Farm BillPosted by Colleen D Lane on
Finally, after years of setbacks, the House has passed an almost $100-billion a year compromise farm bill. The passing of the bill is not without challenges, as it met strong opposition from conservatives who were seeking a bigger cut on food stamps.
What Is the Five-Year Farm Bill?
The five-year bill, which preserves generous crop subsidies, is on its way to the Senate where it is sure to be approved. The White House has already given word that President Obama would sign it. With the backing of a strong Republican leadership team, the House approved the bill, 251-166.
If the bill weren’t passed, it would have affected the agricultural industry, as bared by Pat Sullivan of Pasco, an orchardist and member of the Northwest Fruit…
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