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FARM BUREAU’S 2013 FARM BILL PROPOSAL

Balanced, Flexible, Responsible

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The 2008 Farm Bill was extended until Sept. 30, 2013. It is important that Congress complete a new five-year farm bill this year. Farm Bureau supports a Farm Bill that saves $23 billion over the cost of continuing the current programs. Part of the savings should be directed to deficit reduction and part of it towards drafting a bill with an adequate safety net for producers.

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The core principles used to draft our suggestions were (a) offers producers a choice of program options; (b) protects and strengthens the federal crop insurance program and does not reduce its funding; (c) provides a commodity title that works to encourage producers to follow market signals rather than making planting decisions in anticipation of government payments; (d) refrains from basing any program on cost of production; and (e) ensures equity across program commodities.