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Rural development would get boost in next farm bill

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BEMIDJI, Minn. -- After the July 4th break for Congress, work on the next five-year federal farm bill accelerates in high gear to beat a Sept. 30 deadline.

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That's when the current farm bill, crafted in 2002, expires.

Once considered the federal government's safety net for farmers, providing subsidies when prices fall for commodities from rice to corn, today's farm bill means much more.

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