U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois said a new farm bill will have to cost less and return to its primary goal of helping farmers during tough times. He calls the current payment system ”lopsided.” Durbin said, “The direct payment system is paying many farmers a lot of federal money at a time when prices were very, very high. We're going to have to change that and farmers know it.”
He is confident the new bill will save money and still protect farmers.
The current farm bill expires at the end of this year.