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Budget Issues Shaping a Farm Bill in 2013 (CRS report)

Funding to write the next farm bill is based on Congressional Budget Office (CBO) baseline projections of the cost of farm bill programs, and on varying budgetary assumptions about whether programs will continue. Also, across-the-board reductions of about 5 percent, known as budget sequestration, have occurred and total $1.9 billion in FY 2013 for agriculture and related agencies spending —$1.2 billion from discretionary spending and $700 million from mandatory programs. Moreover, some popular 2008 farm bill programs do not have a baseline to continue, and will require additional budgetary offsets if they are included in a new farm bill.

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