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Federal subsidies for farmers are cited by budget-cutters on Capitol Hill as a potential area of agreement with the White House. The subsidies cost taxpayers billions of dollars a year. "It has become impossible to justify these programs," said Rep. Ron Kind, Wisconsin Democrat.

    Cutting subsidies for farms feasible

    For budget hawks, federal farm-subsidy programs have long been a huge but elusive target, but critics say the time might finally be right to reap a harvest of savings by cutting payments to farmers as lawmakers gear up for a massive fight next year on a new long-term farm bill.

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