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In this undated photo, a farmer harvests soybeans on land near Willmar. With the passage of a resolution to the “fiscal cliff,” nothing really changes in federal farm policy from how things operated the past five years. However, farm group leaders are upset that Congress did not vote on a new farm bill after months of work. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Budget resolution deal leaves farmers with a few answers but more questions


ST. PAUL — America’s farmers and ranchers are digesting a mixed signal that came from the last-minute extension of federal farm legislation in a bill dealing with the federal budget.

While the bill restored farm programs that technically mostly disappeared on Oct. 1, a key congressman thinks the dairy industry is left at risk and farmers must wait until later this year to see if what they think are important changes will be made in federal farm policy.

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