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By Andrew Christiansen

Farm Bill passage brings new focus and twists


FARM BILL PIE: The majority of the Farm Bill goes to nutrition programs (79.1% red zone). About 20 percent goes to programs that support farmers.The black sliver at the top of the pie covers eight titles from rural development to trade and is .8% of the pie.

Last week, President Obama signed into law the Agricultural Act of 2014, otherwise known as the Farm Bill. Each passage of the U.S. Farm Bill brings new twists and terminology to programs that are designed to support farming and provide nutritional assistance to needy families. Much of the talk leading to the passage of the bill centered on cuts in direct payments to farmers and cuts in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, known by the acronym SNAP.

The new Farm Bill cuts $16.5 billion from the direct spending over a 10-year period. Those cuts are calculated by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) based on May 2013 spending as a reference point. The total bill is around $956...

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