Representatives from both parties in the House and Senate have agreed on a five-year Farm Bill that updates agricultural programs while cutting $9 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over 10 years.
The bill ends direct payments to farmers in favor of crop insurance and reforms the dairy insurance program. It also extends programs for organic products, specialty crops and the promotion of local food and farmer’s markets.
United Fresh applauded the bill.
“The 2014 Farm Bill contains provisions that are the most significant government investment ever in the competitiveness of the fruit and vegetable industry,” said United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel in a media statement.
Votes on the bill in the House and Senate are expected later this week.
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