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Groups push new farm bill with rural development title

Forty-four groups including the National Association of Counties today wrote congressional farm leaders urging passage of a new farm bill with a strong rural development title.

In their letter, the groups urged the House leadership to bring the bill to a floor vote in early September, but said that if the House does not pass the bill in September the House and the Senate should take the Senate-passed bill and the House Agriculture Committee-passed bill to conference.

The groups also asked that a minimum $115 million mandatory funding level be set and includes detailed positions on policy changes.