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Local farmers concerned about farm bill

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Area farmers continue to be concerned about the lack of a farm bill on Capitol Hill.

Congress passed its last farm bill in 2007, and it expired at the end of last year. A temporary extension has been passed, but that's set to expire in September.

Local dairy farmer Brent Pollard says some areas of the farm bill, such as crop insurance, are needed.

"And when you look at the underwriting for the government the past ten years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made $4 billion underwriting crop insurance, so it's really a risk management tool that myself, as an Illinois farmer, supports," Pollard said.

Eighty percent of the farm bill goes to support food programs for the needy.

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