The new five-year federal farm bill, passed by the House on Wednesday, won't do anything about California's drought. But it may help relieve some of the insecurity and uncertainty facing the state's farmers. The long-delayed, nearly $100 billion-per-year bill ends direct payments to farmers in favor of expanded crop insurance. The compromise legislation also cuts food stamps for millions of Americans, though not as deeply as some Republicans had hoped. As the bill makes its way to the Senate, we'll talk about what it would mean for California farmers, consumers and the environment.
The Farm Bill's Impact on California
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Michael Doyle, reporter in the Washington Bureau of McClatchy newspapers