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November 6, 2000

Muted appeals for U.S. farm vote, new farm policy

Lawmakers will find few cues in next week's U.S. election for revising farm subsidies but other agricultural issues are figuring in a handful of close races that could determine control of the House of Representatives.

Farm policy has been on the back burner for weeks, analysts said, getting little attention despite the intense campaign to control the White House and the lower house of Congress.

About two percent of Americans live on farms and ranches, potentially a decisive bloc in a close election between presidential candidates Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore.

While the rest of the nation's economy has flourished, U.S. farmers are coping with the lowest corn and soybean prices in years. Congress has enacted more than $24 billion in farm bail-outs since October 1998 to shield growers from low prices and crop disasters.

As part of its bid to woo farmers, the Clinton administration this week unveiled a $300 million program to subsidize purchases of corn and other crops used to make ethanol. That announcement seemed likely to score a few political points for U.S. Vice President Al Gore in some Midwestern swing states, analysts said.

But presidential candidates have had little to say about the big issue looming over farm country -- the fate of the Republican-drafted 1996 law that deregulated farming and phased out most subsidies.

The law, known as "Freedom to Farm," is scheduled to expire in 2002. Leaders of both parties have put forward suggestions on how to revise it, but so far there is little agreement in Congress. 


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