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By Hannah Van Ree

Down on the farm; what’s next?


Hannah Van Ree

The extension of the 2008 farm bill for the year 2013 has producers worried as to what the future holds for their businesses. However, government officials are hopeful that a new bill will be created and passed within the next year.

Lawmakers raced against the clock this New Year’s Eve and successfully avoided the dreaded “fiscal cliff” for now. But along with this avoidance, an important bill - the farm bill that has been worked on for the past five years - was extended instead of undergoing a new installment.

The extension of the farm bill extension threw out the new version that had been progressing and approved through the senate; but it had not been approved by the house. Instead it extended the same programs that have been in place from the 2008 bill for the span of 2013.

“My preference would have been t...

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