The Bush administration’s long-delayed farm-policy principles probably will stress agricultural exports and world trade as the route to prosperity for U.S. farmers, analysts say.

The package would embrace improvements in food safety, agricultural research, rural development and conservation programs, according to USDA Secretary Anne Veneman’s recent speeches.

The House Agriculture Committee wrote a $73 billion overhaul or U.S. farm subsidies in July rather than wait for the administration’s views. The Senate Agriculture Committee might begin drafting its version in October. The committee postponed an appearance by Veneman due to the terrorist attacks of September 11.

Farmers can still expect a federal safety net, says Veneman, but it must be, “consistent with the free market.” Analysts expect those themes to appear in the administration package, along with some discussion of the importance of food safety, agricultural research, rural development and conservation.

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