Crop insurance in the farm bill is now up for debate in the Senate

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The cuts to the federally subsidized program are facing consideration by Senators this week. This week, the Senate is now debating the proposed cuts to the federally subsidized crop insurance program, as an element of the enormous farm bill which is also being considered. On Monday, the Obama administration said that it wanted greater cuts to the subsidies and coverage. They stated that they wanted more crop insurance cuts in the legislation, and that the farm subsidies should also be reduced. The current proposal would cost nearly $100 billion per…

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Senate crop insurance reforms face opposition by House panel

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Challenges to changes made by U.S. House Agriculture Committee. The two new reforms for crop insurance that had received Senate approval have been challenged by the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, forming yet another dispute on the farm bill, as time for enacting the new law comes ever closer to running out. Aside from this disagreement, the House also seeks to boost price supports for crops by up to 40 percent. On the other hand, the Senate would prefer to cease the subsidies altogether. The preference of the House is to…

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