Senate to take up farm bill in May

The fight between the House and Senate over farm legislation largely centers on the question of how much to cut spending and from which programs. 

The last Senate farm bill was thought to cut deficits by $23 billion over 10 years by replacing direct farm payments and countercyclical payments with expanded crop insurance.

But a new score from the Congressional Budget Office this year found that the bill only shaved $13 billion from deficits, meaning Stabenow will need to search for deep cuts to meet demands from fiscal hawks and House Republicans.

Last year's House farm bill cut $35 billion, with large chunks of it coming from food stamps.