Palouse Farmers Wait on Meaning of Farm Bill
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Farmers in the Palouse region of Washington and Idaho are waiting for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to figure out what the recently passed Farm Bill actually means for them. Tory Bye, director of the Whitman County Farm Service Agency, says there is much to be determined about what the new programs in the bill will actually do. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports the Farm Bill has many growers frustrated as spring planting is fast approaching. The most significant change in the new bill for farmers is the elimination of direct payments and counter-cyclical payments, a program long criticized for paying farmers not to farm. Bye says those payment made up about two-thirds of the payments in Whitman County.