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By Mike Johanns
U.S. Senator 

Sowing the seed for fresh ag policy


Last year’s attempt at a new five-year farm bill to replace the expiring policy was uprooted when the clock ran out.  While I was pleased with the Senate-passed legislation, it never made its way to the President’s desk. The result was a last-minute extension of the current policy enacted in 2008 for yet another year.

While this development was far from ideal, the alternative—reverting to policy from the 1940s—was a much worse option for farmers, ranchers and consumers.  The archaic policy would have been difficult for the Department of Agriculture to implement, and could have imp...

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