Farm bill refigures agriculture funding, but money still flowing to aid farmers

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Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014 12:00 am

WASHINGTON — Jason Kvols could always depend on the federal government to hand him a check each year for about $12,000, whether his fields fried under a merciless drought or flourished into a bumper crop.

The 39-year-old farmer received subsidies known as direct payments on his 700 mostly dryland acres of corn and soybeans near Laurel in northeast Nebraska. The money came through a program that distributed billions in taxpayer money to farmers every year regardless of how much profit they were making.

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