Farm Bill

By: Kassi Shelley Email
By: Kassi Shelley Email

FARMERS IN THE SOUTHEAST ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE NEW FARM BILL.

"The farm bill is for the farmer to be able to survive in these wide swings and fluctuations in commodity prices." said farmer, Ed White.

WHITE SAYS THE PROPOSED BILL DOESN'T ADDRESS ALL OF THEIR NEEDS.

"The farmers themselves are actually a very small percentage of the farm bill. Food stamps consume over fifty percent of the farm bill." said White.

ALONG WITH THE AMOUNT OF FOOD ASSISTANCE SPENDING, THEY'RE ALSO WORRIED ABOUT EQUIPMENT ISSUES.

"Southwestern agriculture is totally different from Midwestern agriculture. We have to have a lot more equipment and a lot of different equipment. It's just a different structure. Treating everyone the same is just not gonna fill the bill." said White.

"And right now this farm and food stamp bill is being debated in the Senate as we speak."

"This farm bill is about our ability as a nation to produce its food source. We have some concerns with the Senate bill and I'm looking forward to representing Alabama." said Representative Martha Roby.

ROBY SAYS SHE'LL PUT UP A FIGHT TO MAKE SURE THAT ALABAMA FARMERS GET WHAT THEY NEED.

"It is my whole intention, going into these negotiations to ensure that the commodities farmed right here in Alabama are not cut disproportionally or dealt with in a way that doesn't give a fair playing field." said Roby.

BECAUSE ALABAMA'S AGRICULTURAL NEEDS HAVE TO BE MET.


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