Sugar, Monsanto and Tobacco All in Crosshairs on Senate Farm Bill

Senators seek to reform sugar program, cut tobacco subsidies and repeal the 'Monsanto Protection Act.'

Jeff Merkley speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008.

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., will introduce an amendment that would repeal the Farmer Assurance Provision,which allows farmers who use biotech seeds to keep planting them even as courts reassess whether the USDA followed protocol when it approved the use of the seeds.

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The $333 million in savings the amendment is estimated to generate would be used to pay down the country's federal deficit.


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