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Area Family Farm Waiting on Washington

One area family is counting on Uncle Sam to back up their farm. The Wildorado farmers are among thousands in the Texas panhandle still waiting for legislators to make up their minds about the U.S. Farm Bill.   Three generations have worked on the Cleavinger family farm. "My dad started our farm back in the fifties and we've been in business back since then and you know we're just average people, just like everybody else," says wheat farmer David Cleavinger.  Average people, he says, that won't get rich off farm bill subsidies Congress is still mulling.  "Rich farmers are getting.. paid.. and they're getting all these millions of dollars.. that's very few few cases."  Stability, more than a handout is what Ceavinger says the bill means to his family farm.  "Next year with world prices, we don't know because if they have a huge glut in wheat, prices could go.. bottom out."  President Bush threatens to veto the legislation over its tax increase, but now that the House and Senate must jointly consider the bill in a conference committee, Congressman Mac Thornberry is optimistic the president will change his mind.  "Now there is the chance to basically start over and come up with a bill not only that he'll sign into law but that really makes sense for agriculture and for consumers," says Thornberry.  It's something the Cleavingers want to see pass sooner than later.   But that could take months.

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