WASHINGTON (B)--Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman again urged key lawmakers to drop plans to give U.S. farmers about $7 billion in supplemental cash aid in fiscal 2000 and instead consider the president's proposal to disperse counter-cyclical payments and boost the Conservation Reserve Program to help out needy producers.

In letters dated May 19, Glickman told the chairmen of the Senate and House agriculture committees that he is worried that the conference committee presently dealing with a bill to strengthen U.S. crop insurance may soon add language to initiate the $7 billion in payments.

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