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Farm Bill talks to begin

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KCND Radio) -- After years of delays, negotiations on a new five-year, nearly $500 billion Farm Bill are scheduled to begin this week.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp says there's hope a new agreement can be hammered out.

But, after meeting with producers across the state recently, she knows there's plenty of doubts about passage of a new farm bill by the end of the year.

The bipartisan Senate bill cuts $4 billion from food stamps over the next five years.

The Republican-passed House bill, which had no Democratic support, cuts $40 billion.