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Done for the Day

The Senate Ag Committee has adjourned, rumored to resume tomorrow at 9am Eastern.  We'll be back tomorrow, and hopefully they'll have some of their technical glitches fixed.  I'll try to find a new song for the blog post titles, and Brian Depew had better start contributing as well.

1/4 of 1%,

The amendment currently under consideration would change the payment limit on the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) from the $250,000 in Harkin’s draft farm bill to $450,000, which is the limit under the 2002 Farm Bill (these numbers are over the life of the farm bill, 5 years). 

The Czar and her Minister

The rice czar, Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), is speaking against more excellent comments by Sen. Klobuchar on payment limits.  She says that the payment limits compromise engineered by Conrad and Chambliss is good enough- and then says that they have lowered the limits on all three farm programs.  That is simply false.  In fact, the limit on marketing loans is completely removed in the Senate agreement- which is really no change at all from the 2002 farm bill.  They just moved some loopholes around.

Rock On

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) just strongly endorsed the Dorgan-Grassley payment limits amendment, saying she wanted to see it pass on the floor. Good for her. She's a freshman, and hasn't said a whole lot about the farm bill up to this point. It's great to see her provide some leadership and speak with some emotion. It made Senator Coleman's (R-MN) statement look pretty weak. He, by the way, refuses to commit to real payment limits and the Dorgan-Grassley amendment.

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