Farm Bill

With a deadline looming and pressure on lawmakers escalating, a large bipartisan, bicameral conference committee gathered on Capitol Hill Wednesday for the first formal negotiations of the Farm Bill.

Many on the committee — which includes a whopping 56 conferees — reiterated that it is imperative that work on the new Farm Bill be completed this month — before the current one expires on Sept. 30.

But the biggest sticking point between the competing House and Senate bills has to do with changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, often called food stamps.

The Department of Agriculture will pay $4.7 billion to farmers growing soybeans, cotton and other products hit by tariffs in the Trump administration's hard-line trade war with China, announcing the first batch of payments from a $12 billion government aid package.

Starting next Tuesday, the agency will take applications from farmers who produce corn, cotton, dairy, hogs, sorghum, soybeans and wheat — products that were targeted in China's retaliatory tariffs, after the U.S. imposed a 25 percent levy on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports.

By a razor-thin margin, the House of Representatives passed its version of the farm bill Thursday as Republican leadership was able to round up just enough support from members of its conservative wing to clear passage.

The GOP-backed measure, which covers farm and food policy legislation, passed 213-211.

The $867 billion package renews the safety net for farmers across the country, but also includes tougher work requirements for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Program or SNAP, formerly known as food stamps.

Federal Farm Bill Food Stamps Cuts Hurt Ohioans, Senator Says

Jan 29, 2014

The U.S. House passed a compromise Farm bill Wednesday, which among other provisions will makes some cuts to food stamps.

Ohio Farmers Await News On Changes To Dairy Safety Net

Jan 27, 2014

This week a congressional committee is expected to come out with a compromise on the Farm Bill after months of debate. 

Portman Holds Meeting On Farm Bill

Sep 5, 2013

Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio met with farmers in the Dayton area Wednesday to talk about the pending farm bill.

Ohio Growers Monitoring Farm Bill

May 16, 2013

The U.S. House and Senate Agriculture Committees have approved separate versions of a farm bill that would cut the size of the federal food stamp program and alter the way people qualify for it.

Some Ohio farmers are hoping swift congressional action will maintain funding for various programs.