|Ohio farmers meet with lawmakers in Washington|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Thursday, March 14, 2013 12:40 PM|
LIMA (AP) — Ohio farmers and agriculture leaders from the state sent a clear message to Congress on their annual lobbying trip to Washington: They want to see a farm bill approved soon. About 100 Ohio Farm Bureau members took part in the meetings last week with members of Ohio’s delegation that included a session with U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, who told the group that he wants the House to get a farm bill done this year.
Area media reports Boehner wouldn’t give any hints about what would be included in the legislation that sets policy for farm subsidies, rural development and food stamps. Food stamps, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, make up roughly 80 percent of the legislation’s cost. “The really big fight will be over how big of changes we’re going to make on the SNAP program,” said Boehner, a Republican from southwestern Ohio.
Last year, the Senate and the House Agriculture Committee passed farm bills, but the legislation died at the end of last year’s congressional session after Republican House leadership said they did not have the votes to pass it. The farm law expired in September and was extended until September 2013. Farmers are eager for it to move to ahead so they can have an idea what safety net needs such as crop insurance will be included.
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