The Effects of the Farm Bill on Valley Farmers

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TIMBERVILLE, Va. (WHSV) -- The farm bill has been in place in Virginia for a little more than two months and area farmers are already starting to see its effects. They range from risk management tools, to more dairy programs and more affordable insurance options.

To soften the financial blow of some natural disasters that destroy crops, the government has made crop insurance more affordable and will pay out benefits at lower levels than previously allowed. One Valley farmer was able to reap these benefits after losing some turkeys.

"Two years ago we had a high heat loss with our turkeys. And once the farm bill passed it became retroactive to the last time that the farm bill was in effect. And we were able to apply for payments for the birds we lost during that heat," said Lareth May, who owns a farm in Timberville.

The farm bill's programs are set to be in place until 2018. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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