NU Online News Service, July 18, 2:08 p.m. EDT 

Crop-insurance agents are voicing deep concern about a Senate plan to establish a "means test" for crop-insurance premiums that would raise rates for some farmers by 15 percent.

The plan is part of a bill passed by the Senate on June 22 that reauthorizes farm-assistance programs. The provision in question was not included in the House's version of the legislation reported out of the Agriculture Committee last week.

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