FARM BILL: House And Senate Discuss

The extensive food, farm and jobs bill is being discussed in Washington and in Iowa.

Congressman Bruce Braley and U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack hosted a listening session in Maquoketa on Monday to get feedback on the 10-year, 1-trillion-dollar bill.

Both the U.S. Senate and House have different plans for the bill. The senate is currently debating its version and the house doesn’t have its legislation complete, but it is expected to cut more spending to nutrition programs.

Nutrition spending makes up the majority of the bill.

“14 cents of every dollar spent in the grocery store goes in the farmer’s pocket. As nutrition assistance is reduced, it’s also going to reduce farm income.” said Vilsack.

The current bill expires on September 30th.

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