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The 2014 bill was negotiated behind closed doors. It stripped out bipartisan reforms both the House and Senate had passed earlier.
The bill turned aside real reform passed in both House and Senate to essentially create a commodity program that will provide unlimited payments to mega-farms, no matter how large they get, as long as payments flow to family members.
It also failed to make any headway on limiting crop insurance premium subsidies. This Farm Bill will continue to provide virtually unlimited farm program payments and crop insurance premium subsidies to the nation’s largest and wealthiest farms, placing small and midsized and beginning farmers at a competitive disadvantage.