Farm Subsidies Face Big Battle In Congress

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Last year, a loose alliance of environmentalists, economists, and critics of industrial agriculture pushed — once again — for fundamental changes in U.S. farm subsidies. They failed. Even minimal reforms got discarded by Congressional leaders in the rush to resolve the government's fiscal crisis. But some reformers are cheered by the fact that farm lobbyists also failed to get what they wanted — a generous new Farm Bill. The two sides will renew their battle when Congress reconvenes.

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