NPR logo

Senators Fight for Farm Bill Changes

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/16019221/16020078" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Senators Fight for Farm Bill Changes

Politics

Senators Fight for Farm Bill Changes

Senators Fight for Farm Bill Changes

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/16019221/16020078" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

On Monday, the Senate began debating a five-year farm bill that would cost $288 billion dollars overall. Advocates who have been pressing for change have placed their hopes on an alternative, cheaper measure.

Since the days of the New Deal, the government has assisted American farmers. That assistance adds up to billions of dollars in direct payments and other subsidies, with much of it going to about one-third of farmers growing traditional crops such as corn and cotton.

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.