Specialty Crops Gain Momentum in Congress

WASHINGTON The U.S. Farm Bill is up for renewal this year, and the outlook is looking good for fruit and vegetable growers. Historically, the Farm Bill last renewed in 2002 has favored large subsidies for commodity crops such as wheat, corn, rice, soybeans and cotton. Growers of these five crops, primarily major agribusiness operations, have received more than 90% of the subsidy payments allocated

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Farm Bill is up for renewal this year, and the outlook is looking good for fruit and vegetable growers.

Historically, the Farm Bill — last renewed in 2002 — has favored large subsidies for commodity crops such as wheat, corn, rice, soybeans and cotton. Growers of these five crops, primarily major agribusiness operations, have received more than 90% of the subsidy payments allocated in past farm bills.

However, this year, “specialty” crops — an umbr

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