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Like many beginning farmers, Grant Curtis wants to invest in his operation, but expectations of low prices are tying his hands.
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December 10, 2014 Recent years were a good time to invest for beginning farmers, who run a quarter of U.S. farms. But with some crop prices crashing, paying back debts may require hard conversations and delayed dreams.
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Peanut plants grow on a Halifax, N.C., farm that received federal subsidies in 2011.
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May 9, 2013 Farmers say they are ready to compromise with some environmental groups on the issue of conservation compliance. But critics say the price tag for the taxpayer may be too high.
June 13, 2012 Midwestern farmers experiencing unusually good yields are OK with losing some farm bill subsidies as Congress negotiates changes this year. But some of their Southern counterparts are arguing against it.
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October 4, 2011 While many farmers and politicians acknowledge it's time to end direct payments to farmers, many argue that crop insurance payments are still needed to help them hedge their bets against the next big disaster.
Tobacco farmer cuts leaves during the Great Depression.
Dorthea Lange/Library of Congress
September 26, 2011 This is the first in our occasional series on how the farm bill shapes food and land use policy. In this installment, the history of the farm bill, and why it's been a matter of debate since its inception during the Great Depression.
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