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Live Blogging the Senate Negotiations

We're not really live-blogging anything, but it sure feels like it. There is a lot of new information flying around about the battle for payment limits reform in the Senate, so here is a bit of a news round-up of what we know in addition to the earlier post.

From the CQ Midday Update:

Senate Committee Leaders Close Ranks on New Farm Bill

A Senate Payment Limits Agreement?

Senate Agriculture Committee deal-making is flying fast and furious today, and important details are emerging on the critical issue of farm program payment limits in the Senate bill. First we'll have a couple of posts on new developments, followed by a statement, and then more analysis as the details unfold. Hint -- It's not good. We don't like it. And we're going to fight back like hell.

From the subscription-only Congress Daily PM:

Rural Farmers Markets Lose to Urban Areas in Grant Awards

Recently 23 projects were selected to receive a combined $900,000 in Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) grants. Nationally over 300 projects were submitted. While many states did not receive anything at all, several large cities received multiple grants. Of the funded projects, only one was for a farmers market in a rural community.

So?

There’s been quite a bit of talk surrounding former American Farm Bureau Federation President Dean Kleckner’s opinion piece in the New York Times essentially calling for an end to farm subsidies.  Failing that, Kleckner would really like to substantially revise them to make the subsidies more trade-friendly.  The most pressing question for me:  Why should I care what Dean Kleckner thinks?

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