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December 06, 2018 | Roll Call

Farm Bill Negotiations Complete

Final farm bill agreement is “mostly a status quo”

The top House Agriculture Democrat says a final farm bill agreement rejects controversial House provisions to tie food stamp benefits to expanded work requirements, greenlights hemp cultivation and tweaks programs important to farmers and ranchers.

Roll Call reports lawmakers have spent weeks negotiating to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the legislation.  

House Agriculture ranking member Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota said the five-year legislation is “mostly a status quo” bill that keeps current work requirements for able-bodied adults in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Aside from nutrition programs, a new farm bill would set policy for land conservation programs, crop insurance and other agricultural initiatives.

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