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Minnesota Farm Bureau President Happy With SNAP Compromise

Farm Bill Conference negotiators may have reached a compromise on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP cuts at $ 8 billion.  The Senate Farm Bill called for cutting $ 4 billion and the House Farm Bill called for $ 40 billion in food stamp cuts. Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap who was in the nations’ capital last week say some type of compromise needs to pass to get a farm bill completed.

Paap says his group will push Congress to finish the farm bill right away when they come back in January. He says the House passing an extension before the Christmas break left many needed farm programs out.

Paap says funding for conservation programs, specialty crops and livestock disaster assistance must be in the final farm bill package.

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