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Farmers react to House Agriculture Committee Farm Bill

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Early Thursday morning the House Agriculture Committee passed the federal agriculture reform and risk management act of 2012 or as many of you know it; the farm bill.

For months congress has been trying to come up with a solution for the upcoming farm bill.

Although the bill will have many different parts that will help people in the farm trade, some are hoping a safety net will be a top priority.

Farmers like Colin Dutenhoffer say crop insurance is the part of the bill that will affect him the most.

"The main thing is good insurance, being able to know that there's an income if something should fail, some disaster might happen," Dutenhoffer said.

Thursday, Congresswoman Kristi Noem and 34 other congressional leaders with the House Agriculture Committee approved their version of the farm bill.

The senate also passed the bill, which would end direct payments to farmers.

Many farmers have expressed at past farm bill meetings for representatives to put an emphasis on crop insurance.

"I try to keep kind of a little bit of a stockpile of insurance myself, but, if we had an all out failure, it would be pretty devastating to my operation," Dutenhoffer said.

As the bill stands now, it would protect farmers by creating a new taxpayer-financed revenue protection program that would help alleviate losses before crop insurance goes into affect.

Farmers like Dutenhoffer just hope for a safety net in case the weather doesn't cooperate.

The current farm bill is set to expire at the end of September.

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