The head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture says lots of work remains to be done before a new five-year farm bill can escape President Bush's veto pen and become law.
Chuck Conner, acting secretary of the USDA, told South Dakota Corn Growers Association members that versions that have passed the House and Senate are unacceptable because they include raising taxes and increasing the size of some programs.
The House farm bill passed 231-191 and the Senate version passed 79-14. A conference committee is the next step.
"Raising taxes to pay for farm programs ... is something we have not done since 1933," Conner told association members at their annual meeting over the weekend.
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