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Federal belt tightening and new political players are redrawing the ground rules for the 2013 farm bill, say agriculture groups who expect weaker subsidies than were offered in 2012.
Congress has blown every deadline for renewing the Farm Bill in a timely fashion. The delay is now an emergency because most farm programs, including disaster aid, expired Sept. 30 and producers don’t know what to expect next month or next year.
Chances are slim that a farm bill will get passed by year’s end, but waiting until 2013 could be a disaster for America’s agriculture economy, a key Farm Bureau lobbyist said Tuesday.