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Locals Voice Farm Bill Concerns

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Updated: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 07:36:27 MST

DELTA, Colo.- U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet hosted a farm bill discussion on Thursday at the Delta County Courthouse.



The massive five-year Farm Bill was signed into law on Feb. 7 by President Barack Obama.


The bill is a comprehensive piece of legislation that congress undertakes every five years to dole out agricultural subsides, set food policy and budget for food stamps.



The bill is considered two years late since farm bills are traditionally passed every five years.


Now that the Farm Bill has passed, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet came into the courthouse to provide information on the legislation and to answer questions directly from local farmers.



Local farmers expressed relief that Congress finally came to pass the bill, but many were concerned about water issues.


"Here we heard a lot about water, although you tend to hear that all over the state. I think people just want to know, or they find it hard to believe that congress has finally passed the five year farm bill and that they’re happy about," said U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet.



The five-year deal expands insurance payments to farmers paid out in years when they have bad crops while eliminating the controversial direct payment program which pays farmers whether they plant crops or not.


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