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Farm bill plows under direct payments, but farmers aren't complaining

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MINNEAPOLIS — Farm subsidies that have guided agriculture through record profits in recent years are going away in the five-year farm bill that could become law in the coming week. But new subsidies in the legislation could be just as generous, and farmers aren't complaining. Gone are direct payments, a politically untenable system in which landowners got fixed amounts per acre, whether crop...

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