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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • House farm bill failure upsets Dakotas farmers

  • Farm groups and politicians in the Dakotas say the failure of the U.S. House to pass a farm bill is disappointing.
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  • Farm groups and politicians in the Dakotas say the failure of the U.S. House to pass a farm bill is disappointing.
    The $500 billion proposal failed on a 234-195 vote Thursday. Many Republicans wanted deeper cuts to the food stamp program, and the bill also suffered from lack of Democratic support necessary for the traditionally bipartisan farm bill to pass.
    Officials with the South Dakota Soybean Association say they had their hopes up but weren't surprised by the bill's failure.
    The Senate passed its version of the farm bill last week. If the two chambers can't come together on a bill, it's uncertain what will happen.
    North Dakota Farmers Union President Woody Barth says "there's a lot of work ahead of us."

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