About the farm bill

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VETO THREAT: The House passed legislation that combines billions in aid for farmers with money for low-income nutrition programs.

DETAILS: The measure devotes more money to conservation programs but leaves in place – and in some cases increases – subsidies to producers of major crops.

DELICATE STRADDLE: Democrats struggled to balance the needs of first-term, farm-state lawmakers against the demands of liberals seeking more money for environmental and nutrition programs.

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