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Monday, 15 July 2013 11:30

Michigan agriculture disappointed in House-divided farm bill

(AREA) --  The Michigan Farm Bureau is disappointed in the U.S. House of Representatives' move July 11 to split food and nutrition programs from the 2013 Farm Bill. MFB President Wayne Wood of Marlette stated that without its nutrition component, the amended farm bill wastes months and months of hard work both agriculture committees have invested in revamping and dramatically improving our nation's single largest piece of farm policy. The House narrowly approved its revised 2013 Farm Bill by a slim 216-208 vote, omitting the nutrition title and repealing the 1949/1938 permanent law. Wood added that members want to see a comprehensive farm bill, preferable passed by the September expiration of the current farm bill extension.