As the House Agriculture Committee decides how to divide up a $280 billion farm bill pie over the next five years, members nibbled at the crust Wednesday, by approving payment reforms that will end the three-entity rule and also eliminating the smallest checks sent to landowners.
Payment limit reforms didn't go far enough in the eyes of some members.
"I'm feeling a little bad that it didn't go further," said Representative Earl Pomeroy (D-ND).Peterson said the reforms will save an estimated $226.5 million over five years and $522 million over 10 years.
The committee also approved an amendment by Representative K. Micheal Conaway (R-TX) to eliminate USDA payments to landowners that are less than $25. It costs USDA $15 to make the payments.
It was opposed by Representative Bob Etheridge (D-NC), who heads the commodities subcommittee.
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