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Farmers get mixed news in federal budget vote

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ST. PAUL -- America's farmers and ranchers are digesting a mixed signal that came from the last-minute extension of federal farm legislation in a bill dealing with the federal budget.

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While the bill restored farm programs that technically mostly disappeared on Oct. 1, a key congressman thinks the dairy industry is left at risk and farmers must wait until later this year to see if what they think are important changes will be made in federal farm policy.

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