“A strong safety net is critical to ensuring a safe and affordable food supply,” Grassley said. “Ending some of the most egregious abuses of the farm program will ensure that the farm program payments are going to those who need them most. It’s unacceptable that small- and medium-sized farmers get so little of the very program that was created to help them.”
Grassley said that his measure was partially responsible for some of the more than $20 billion the cost-savings in last year’s Senate farm bill.
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“Ensuring our farm program payments are directed to the small and medium sized family farmers is a concept that folks from both sides of the aisle support,” Johnson said. “We face a number of difficult budgetary challenges, and establishing a hard cap on payments and closing loopholes within the program will help to reduce the deficit while also reaffirming the legitimacy of our farm programs.”