As 2013 headed into the history books, Congress had not yet reached a final deal on the farm bill. However, they say they will likely pass it when they return in January.
The biggest issue to resolve is how much they will cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). There has been some indication that they have reached an agreement that would cut the program by around $8 billion.
We are working to ensure they keep our payment limitations provision to prevent megafarmers from gaming the system and get around the limits to bid smaller farmers off the land. Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Johnson (D-SD), and Representative Fortenberry (NE-1st) worked to win bipartisan support for this provision in both the House and Senate farm bills. Since it’s in both bills, it should be a nobrainer that it marches forward into the final farm bill. But some farm groups are lobbying hard against this provision.
We applaud both Senator Grassley and Representative Fortenberry for calling out the hypocrisy in any attempt to strip payment limitations and coddle millionaire farmers, while at the same time attempting to slash SNAP benefits from working, low-income families.
Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for updates on the farm bill as we continue to enter the New Year. Have a happy and healthy 2014!
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