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The bill that would end direct payments to farmers strengthens the subsidized crop insurance program and creates a program to compensate farmers for smaller, or "shallow," revenue losses, based on a five-year average, for acres actually planted. The Senate is expected to take up the bill this week. (Associated Press)

The bill that would end direct payments to farmers strengthens the subsidized crop insurance program and creates a program to compensate farmers for smaller, or "shallow," revenue losses, based on a five-year average, for acres actually planted. The Senate is expected to take up the bill this week. (Associated Press)

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