Farm bill plows under direct payments

New plan gives two options, makes farmers show loss before collecting payout

Posted: February 2, 2014 at 4:25 a.m.

Dow Brantley discusses his plans for the coming growing season at one of his fields Friday near England, Ark.

Farm subsidies that have guided agriculture through record profits in recent years are going away in the five-year farm bill that is up for a Senate vote in the coming week. But farmers aren’t complaining.

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