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Senate Joins House in Passing Farm, Crop Insurance Bill; President Says He Will Sign

The Senate passed and sent to President Barack Obama a measure that sets U.S. agricultural policy for five years, ending the toughest legislative battle on renewal of the farm bill in almost two decades with cuts to crop subsidies and …

Farm Bill Keeps Lawmakers’ Own Crop Insurance Payouts Secret

Crop insurers successfully lobbied to keep several proposals out of the farm bill set to pass the U.S. Congress today — such as a requirement that would have forced farmer-lawmakers to disclose benefits they receive. Senate Clears Farm, Crop Insurance …

House Passes Farm, Crop Insurance, Food Stamps Bill

The U.S. House passed and sent the Senate a much-delayed bill to set agricultural policy for five years, as a coalition of rural Republicans and urban Democrats overcame objections about farm subsidies and food-stamp cuts. The Republican-led House voted 251-166 …

Bipartisan Farm Bill Increases Crops Insurance, Trims Food Stamps

Editor’s Note: The House of Representatives passed the bill this morning. For the update, read here. House and Senate negotiators on Monday reached a bipartisan agreement on the long-overdue U.S. farm bill that ends a pricy direct subsidy to farmers …

Key Flood and Crop Insurance Votes Could Come This Week

This week could see important Senate votes on a bill on the federal flood insurance program that is linked with an agent and broker licensing measure, as well House approval of a farm bill that includes crop insurance and food …

House, Senate Negotiators Fail to Reach Agreement on Crop Insurance Bill

House and Senate negotiators adjourned talks on a new agricultural bill until after a congressional recess, increasing the chances of a lapse in programs that could double the price of milk next year. “I’m disappointed we don’t have an agreement …

Food Stamp Gridlock Hurting Chance of Congress Passing Farm, Crop Insurance Bill

The chances of the U.S. Congress passing a five-year farm bill by year’s end are a little better than 50/50 given the gridlock over food stamps for the poor, a top farm policy expert said on Monday. “There is a …

President Obama Urges Congress Act on Farm, Crop Insurance, Food Stamps Bill

President Barack Obama, in a rebuke to proposals by House Republicans for steep cuts in food stamps for the poor, urged Congress on Thursday to pass a farm bill “that protects children and vulnerable adults in time of need.” Obama …

Rural Groups Push Back on Crop Insurance Cuts

Rural groups say they’ll fight a proposed $100 million-a-year cut in crop insurance subsidies, a measure that has won the support of both houses of Congress and could be a test of agriculture’s influence in Washington. The House of Representatives …

House Backs Limiting Crop Insurance Subsidies for Wealthiest Growers

Farm subsidy reformers praised a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to make the wealthiest growers pay more for federally subsidized crop insurance, the first eligibility limit on a program that costs $9 billion a year. The non binding …