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Published July 12, 2012, 11:55 AM

Berg wants farm bill brought before full House

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Rep. Rick Berg says is asking House leaders to bring the 2012 Farm Bill up for a vote by the full chamber as quickly as possible.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Rep. Rick Berg says is asking House leaders to bring the 2012 Farm Bill up for a vote by the full chamber as quickly as possible.

The North Dakota Republican says getting a farm bill out of the House Agriculture Committee is a big step forward for farmers and ranchers, but the act must be reauthorized quickly.

The committee in a 35-11 vote Thursday passed the bill, giving farmers new ways to protect themselves from bad weather and poor prices while slicing about 2 percent off the $80 billion the government spends every year on food stamps.

The House legislation would save $3.5 billion a year from current spending levels.

The committee vote comes three weeks after the full Senate passed its version.

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