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Gary Sipiorski, an agricultural economist at Vita Plus, a Wisconsin-based firm that works with livestock and agricultural producers, said that although subsidies were only 1 percent to 5 percent of most farms’ gross income per year, they can be significant during times of need.

But Mr. Kind said the push to reduce federal farm subsidies is “long overdue,”

“I couldn’t think of a better time [to] focus on this for budget savings.” he said. “So I hope we don’t let this moment pass.”