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Farm Leader Says SNAP Cut Compromise Mentioned Earlier

Farm Leader Says SNAP Cut Compromise Mentioned Earlier

 

It appears Farm Bill negotiators have reached a compromise on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program cuts, one of the major sticking points for completing a new farm bill. Senate Farm Bill leaders says that would be $ 8 Billion rather than the $ 40 billion backed by the House and the $ 4 billion advocated by the Senate. South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke says that $8 billion cut was brought up before, so it and the farm bill should have passed sooner.

Sombke says now that it appears farm bill conference leaders have solved that problem they need to get the farm bill passed in early January before the dairy cliff hits and prices revert to 1949 levels.

The House passed an extension of the farm bill before adjourning for the holiday while the Senate did not take up an extension. Conferees hope to get a farm bill done in January when Congress reconvenes.

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