Jonathan Ahl http://whqr.org en Farmers Split Over Subsidies As Senate Farm Bill Debate Begins http://whqr.org/post/farmers-split-over-subsidies-senate-farm-bill-debate-begins The <a href="http://www.ag.senate.gov/download/?id=ced10412-bf5e-46a8-bdef-e2594584ac9b">latest proposal</a> for the farm bill — the law governing everything from food stamps to rural development grants — is being considered by the U.S. Senate this week. It's designed to save more than $23 billion over the next 10 years, in part by getting rid of direct payments to farmers. The direct payment program alone costs taxpayers $5 billion per year.<p>The Senate is proposing to replace it with crop insurance and revenue protections in case of falling prices. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 08:29:00 +0000 Jonathan Ahl 18336 at http://whqr.org Farmers Split Over Subsidies As Senate Farm Bill Debate Begins