House to Vote on Final Version of Farm Bill

Updated: 01/29/2014 8:33 AM
Created: 01/29/2014 8:14 AM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The U.S. House is expected to vote on a final version of the farm bill Wednesday.

If passed, it would eliminate direct payments to farmers. Those cost about $5 billion per year and go to farmers whether or not they plant crops.

Congressman Tim Walz says direct payments will be replaced by increased crop insurance programs.

"I'm a firm believer that's a great public-private partnership.  It puts skin in the game and also understands that it keeps food prices stable at the grocery store," said Walz.

The bill would cut food stamp assistance to families, but Walz says the bill will save taxpayers about $23 billion.