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Published June 21, 2013, 07:09 PM

Farmers, local representatives frustrated over failed farm bill

Local representatives and farmers expressed frustration today over the farm bill failing to pass the U.S. House yesterday. Both are frustrated that both parties couldn't meet in the middle to compromise on food stamp cuts. Local farmers were surprised and disappointed that the U.S. House rejected the new farm bill Thursday.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

Local representatives and farmers expressed frustration today over the farm bill failing to pass the U.S. House yesterday. Both are frustrated that both parties couldn't meet in the middle to compromise on food stamp cuts. Local farmers were surprised and disappointed that the U.S. House rejected the new farm bill Thursday.

This is the second year that they haven't passed the bill. Many House democrats opposed the bill because it would have cut 20 billion dollars from the food stamp program over the next decade. The senate already passed its version of the farm bill calling for spending 24 billion dollars less and replacing the direct cash subsidy program with crop insurance.

Sen. John Hoeven: "Good farm policy isn't about just our farmers and ranchers it benefits all Americans because we have the highest quality lowest cost food supply. The House needs to reconsider and pass a long term farm bill.

Rich Ostlie: "We have to get a compromise between the food stamp people and the agriculture people to get enough votes to pass it."

At this point it is unclear whether there will be a second chance to write the farm bill this year, but some say it could be reconsidered as early as next week.

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