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Jul 27, 2012 4:52 PM by Matt Stafford

House to vote on drought relief, farm bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House next week will take up legislation to provide disaster relief to livestock producers and others hit by the drought. The legislation will also extend for one year the long-term farm and food bill set to expire at the end of September.

House Republican leaders have been under pressure to take action to relief farmers and ranchers struggling under the worst drought to hit the nation in decades. The dry weather has been particularly hard on cattle, poultry and pork raisers who generally do not participate in crop insurance programs.

The main federal livestock disaster relief program expired last year, and the administration has been urging Congress to revive it before leaving for the August recess at the end of next week.

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