AP correspondent Jackie Quinn reports the House wants to cut about $2.5 billion dollars a year from the food stamp program, and many House conservatives are requiring cuts before they'll consider an overall farm bill.
“The cuts to food stamps are part of a massive 5 year farm bill that costs almost $100 billion a year, and also sets policies for farm subsidies and rural programs. Enrollment grew quickly for food stamps because of the economic down turn, rising food prices and expanding eligibility under Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus plan.”
Farm Bill Making Progress
Along with the usual matter of running a day to day ag operation, farmers and ranchers have a couple of other matters on their minds, and their representatives in Washington are starting to talk about them. Kristi Boswell, Director of Congressional Relations at the American Farm Bureau Federation says there’s a lot going on inside the beltway on the Farm Bill and Immigration Reform initiatives…
“It is a hectic week having two top priority items being heard. It is exciting to see progress happening.”
As the House Agriculture Committee paused for an afternoon break from the farm bill – Chairman Frank Lucas said he was pleased with the way things had progressed so far…
“We were able to take about one fourth of the 100 amendments that were acceptable to both majority and minority and bundle them. That helped to move the process along. There was a very intense, very to the point debate about dairy. It will be a major issue in June when we’re there.”
The farm bill costs almost $100 billion annually and would set policy for farm subsidies, rural programs and the food aid.
Museum Helping Kids Learn Farming
In 2012 the North Carolina Museum of History used the Centennial Mall in downtown Raleigh for a live exhibit of North Carolina agriculture. This year, Marbles Kids Museum, also in downtown Raleigh is taking it one step further explains Charles Hall, CEO of the NC Soybean Producers Association:
“Marbles does a great job of depicting different professions and activities in a realistic way. But they needed a modern farming exhibit, they had a nostalgic one but didn’t go with the things they had on other occupations.”
Grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, June 1