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U.S. House passes disaster bill instead of a farm bill

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a multi-million dollar disaster bill Thursday.

The "Agriculture Disaster Assistance Act" passed a 223 to 197 vote. The measure was an effort to give farmers and livestock producers some relief without passing a full-blown Farm Bill.  The 2008 Farm Bill expires on September 30, and this disaster bill would extend some of those provisions.

According to the National Association of Wheat Growers, the bill "stands little chance of Senate consideration" and would cut $639 million from the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Disaster assistance is expected to cost $383 million.

All five Iowa Congressmen voted in favor of the bill, but according to WHO-TV all five say they'd rather see the House pass the full 2012 Farm Bill and give Iowa farmers long-term assurances.

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