February 14, 2014 10:51 PM

Farm bill isn’t perfect, but it has something for everybody

True, the legislation cuts $8 billion in food aid for low-income families and eliminates $5 billion in subsidies to farmers. But a scan of the 1,000-page law shows that it provides plenty of bounty for plenty of recipients, some of them surprising. There seem to be benefits in the law for everyone: maple syrup producers, sheep herders, reindeer and Christmas tree farms, bee keepers and the Atlantic spiny dogfish.

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