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Farmers react to farm bill passage


SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (KTIV)- The waiting game for the farm bill is over. It passed Congress, and was signed by President Obama. But, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says there are a few things that weren't included

Things like provisions around payment limits that U.S. Senator Charles Grassley was pushing for, and some country of origin labeling issues.
Despite this, Northey says there are a lot of positives in the bill like conservation provisions, safety net provisions, and not harming crop insurance. "For the most part, very good, and I guess we'll find out more about it, it's about a thousand page bill, and we've only had a week or so to look at it," Northey said.

Many farmers say they're just happy it's finally over. "I'm excited that we have passed. There's pluses and minuses in the farm bill, but we need a farm bill, we need to move our industry forward and it's a very important part of that," Steve Rehder, of Hawarden, Iowa said. "I think for the most part, after waiting two years it's not too bad," Marvin Metzger, of Rock Rapids, Iowa said.

Ag officials say they expect to learn more about the specific provisions as a more thorough review is done of the entire bill.

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