Farm bill refigures agriculture funding, but money still flowing to aid farmers
Questions remain about how the new programs in the farm bill will work. Farmers will be watching closely as the U.S. Department of Agriculture fills in the blanks left by Congress.
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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