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Byline: Greg Edwards
Jul. 14--The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has suggested cutting funding for some innovative agricultural programs next year while maintaining levels of crop subsidies that benefit the largest farmers, particularly those in the Midwest.
According to the Center for Rural Affairs in Nebraska, the House appropriators have slashed new funding in the farm bill for rural development by 99 percent and for agricultural research by 98 percent. They have totally eliminated funding for on-farm renewable energy grants, broadband access for rural areas and value-added producer grants.
Rep. Virgil Goode of Virginia, R-5th, a member of …