WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., on March 29 introduced a farm bill commodity title proposal that they maintain would treat Northern Plains farmers more fairly than the “shallow loss” and higher target prices that have already been introduced, and also include disaster programs for livestock and tree producers.
President Barack Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Feb. 13 released a proposed fiscal year 2013 Agriculture Department budget that would eliminate the direct payment program and cut crop insurance but reinstate permanent disaster programs and increase competitive grants for agricultural research.
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