Farm Fare: Capitol Hill orders a new policy

Capitol Hill orders a new policy

As U.S. farmers struggled through their worst times since the Depression and Washington spent record sums on agricultural subsidies, Congress wrestled with two measures aimed at a major reordering of federal farm policy. Last week, after eleven months of often acrimonious debate on a farm-assistance bill and a brief but tense four weeks writing legislation to rescue the Farm Credit System, the House and Senate passed both on successive days. Summing up the importance that he and Agriculture Committee Chairman Jesse Helms attached to passage of the measure, a complicated package that weighs 13 lbs., Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole pointed...

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