|By Ken Newton, St. Joseph News-Press, Mo.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"As with any compromise, the Farm Bill isn't perfect," the president said, "but on the whole, it will make a positive difference not only for the rural economies that grow America's food, but for our nation."
"We care so much that after three years of work, we will not settle for supporting backwards legislation just to get something done," he said on the
A conference committee of representatives and senators began negotiating the differences between the
The House passed the hammered-out version last week.
"While this may not be the best possible bill, it's the best bill possible right now," the Missourian said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
"We must provide much-needed certainty for our nation's farmers and ranchers so that they can continue to work each and every day to feed the country and the world."
Ms. McCaskill said the Farm Bill, last reauthorized in 2008, cuts billions in spending while still providing a safety net for agricultural interests and low-income families.
"This is a solid, bipartisan bill that will bring needed resources to
The bill will build upon and make permanent livestock disaster programs, while it ends direct payments to producers; these have been replaced by crop insurance options.
Ms. McCaskill said the measure would trim
"Ultimately, consumers are best served when farmers and ranchers know the rules of the game and have the support they need to continue work in one of the most high-risk professions, agriculture," the Kansan said.
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