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Rand Paul told Kentucky farm leaders Thursday he supports federal crop insurance programs but did not say whether he would support the next federal farm bill if he is re-elected to the U.S. Senate. 

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Over the weekend, five of the six candidates running to succeed retiring Congressman Ed Whitfield as the next Representative of Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District took part in a Kentucky Farm Bureau forum in Murray.


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  Some farmers may receive less financial support from the government to mitigate crop loss due to changes to the federal farm bill. The US Department of Agriculture is cutting the direct payment program which provided support to farmers who submitted a base production plan. 

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says educational resources are now available for new programs established in the 2014 Farm Bill that help farmers better manage risk.

Before, farmers who experienced a bad harvest were compensated through direct payment programs which paid out in good years or bad.  Two new initiatives, Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage, are replacing that option.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is offering to assist hemp supporters as the state prepares for the start of a hemp-growing pilot program this year.  The pilot projects were made possible by the passage of the United States Farm Bill that was signed into law by the President on Feb. 7.

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Area farmers are waiting for more details on the farm bill that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday to see how it will affect their operations.

Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture Dean Tony Brannon says the new bill gets rid of the base farmers have received for growing certain major crops, which will save $5 billion a year.

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An amendment legalizing hemp production for research has made it into the Farm Bill that will be up for a vote soon in Congress. The amendment, co-sponsored by Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie, allows universities and state agriculture departments to grow hemp for study purposes.

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The four subcommittee leaders charged with finding a compromise on the federal Farm Bill are scheduled to meet tomorrow, just ten days before a Dec. 13 deadline to reach a compromise.

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With the U.S. government reopened and a budget crisis averted for now, Congress has shifted it's attention towards the Farm Bill. 

The multi-year legislation governs agriculture programs and ranges from regulating food prices and rural development to conservation and nutrition assistance. The bill has caused contention among members over spending cuts, and the past shutdown has only slowed discussion.  

Kentucky Farm Bureau Director of National Affairs Joe Cain said if Congress doesn’t reauthorize crop insurance provisions by the January 1st deadline, it would cause uncertainty for farming lenders and could result in a rise in food prices.

KY Congressmen Look For Bipartisanship In Farm bill

Oct 11, 2013
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Kentucky Representatives Ed Whitfield, Andy Barr and Brett Guthrie are calling on House Speaker John Boehner to assign farm bill conferees from the House of Representatives to meet with Senate conferees.

They want an across-the-aisle agreement on a new long-term farm bill.

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