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Sen. Brown says Farm Bill amendment redirects $20 billion to small farms
Passed by Senate on Monday
Story by LYNDSEY SCHLEY


 
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Sen. Sherrod Brown says his amendment to the Farm Bill that passed the Senate Monday will redirect $20 billion in subsidies from large farms that don’t need them to small farms and food assistance programs.
Sen. Brown says Farm Bill amendment redirects $20 billion to small farms

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“It will build a safety net for farmers in Tuscarawas County and all over Ohio who are hit by persistently bad weather, by droughts and it’s a major, major contribution to nutrition programs.”

Brown, a Democrat, says food assistance for lower-income people is important in Ohio, where there is not enough to go around. In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, he highlighted summer breakfast and lunch programs for children.

The Senate version of the Farm Bill does cut food stamps by $4 billion over ten years. Brown says he tried to stop or lessen the cuts. 

Ohio’s other senator, Republican Rob Portman, voted against the Farm Bill, saying the food stamp program needs to be reformed and cut more.
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