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Farmers to Congress: Keep ag safety nets, nutrition in farm bill


Farmers to Congress: Keep ag safety nets, nutrition in farm bill
Mankato Free Press

Aside from ag concerns, the farm bill is also largely responsible for the United States' food and nutrition programs. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is the largest such program contained in the farm bill, which has drawn ire from conservatives in the past who want to keep nutrition programs separate from ag policy.Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, the committee chairman, said Thursday he couldn't see a way to separating the two issues and getting a bill done before the current farm bill expires. Still, several advocates and farmers pressed representatives not to cut federal funding for SNAP.Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper said almost 12 percent of Minnesotans receive SNAP benefits every month; 70 percent of those are seniors, people with disabilities and children.

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