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3.3 percent of stimulus bill to go toward agriculture

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The agriculture industry would get about $27 billion of the proposed stimulus package
The agriculture industry would get about $27 billion of the proposed stimulus package

As the proposed economic stimulus plan makes its way through Congress, most industries in the U.S. are making sure they are well represented. According to various sources, the bill which was passed by the House last week appears to include a number of items for agriculture.

According to figures from the Congressional Budget Office, the National Pork Board says the agriculture industry would receive 3.3 percent of the funds proposed in the House bill which was passed last week. That would come out to $27 billion which would go to agricultural programs like rural development and waste disposal projects.

Almost $3 billion would also go towards bringing broadband internet access to rural communities throughout the country.

But before any of the money is distributed the bill must first pass through the Senate, which is expected to be a much tougher path than its trip through the House with no Republicans voting for the bill.

Nebraska senator Ben Nelson said he is interested in removing some funding from the package, but would like to see some version of the bill pass through Congress.

"I'd have a great deal of difficulty voting for the bill as written," Nelson said, "but I am looking for a way to say yes."ADNFCR-2034-ID-19006888-ADNFCR

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