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Continued: New Farm Bill is celebrated by backers as 'best we can get'

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 1, 2014 - 9:51 PM

The 2008 Farm Bill expired 15 months ago, but Congress had been unable to agree on provisions for a new bill. The battle mainly was over the food stamp program, not conservation programs, Nomsen said.

Over 10 years, the bill would cost about $956 billion — 80 percent of that goes to food stamp and nutrition programs. Crop insurance gets about $90 billion, conservation gets $56 billion and commodity programs get $44 billion.

 

Doug Smith • dsmith@startribune.com

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