As farmers worked hard to plant corn the middle of May, Congress was able to show some significant progress on the 2013 Farm Bill.
On May 14, the Senate Agriculture Committee approved a five-year Farm Bill. The bill would eliminate $5 billion in direct farm payments to farmers.
The Senate bill calls for a total of roughly $2.4 billion a year in cuts, while a House version passed May 15 would save $4 billion annually. The Senate Farm Bill:
•Eliminates direct payments. Farmers…