Posted: Oct 30, 2013 9:20 PM by MTN News - Helena
Talks began Wednesday in Washington D.C. on a new farm bill.
41 lawmakers, including Senator Max Baucus, will try to merge bills passed by the House and Senate this summer.
Baucus said the two versions are miles apart.
He said many House-proposed farm programs don't work for Montana.
So far, Congress has failed in its attempts to replace the 2008 farm bill, which expired more than a year ago.
The most contentious fight could be over the House's decision to strip funding for food assistance programs.
Baucus said he'll look for a solution that doesn't hurt people who need help the most.
The new bill is expected to end direct payments to producers, regardless of need, but increase the number of crop insurance programs.
The Senate included a provision that requires farmers who earn more than $750,000 a year to pay more for insurance.