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Ohio farmers concerned about farm bill
Bill expires every five years, and Congress has until October to agree on a new version
Story by LEWIS WALLACE


 
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Many Ohio farmers want Senator Rob Portman to know they have concerns about the farm bill. The biggest concern: that there IS a farm bill. From Ohio Public Radio station WYSO, Lewis Wallace reports.
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The farm bill expires every five years, and the U.S. House and Senate have until October to agree on a new version or extend the old one.

“It creates uncertainty in production agriculture,” said Joani Grimes, who manages Premium Ag Commodities. She says subsidized crop insurance included in the bill helps farmers plan ahead. Immigration will also be on the table with the Senator.

“It is a very important part of some producers workforce, because they cannot find labor or help any other way than through using immigrants,” Grimes said.

In June, Sen. Portman voted against a version of the farm bill, citing his desire to scale back food stamps and other subsidies. He also voted against the Senate immigration overhaul, citing security concerns. Senator Portman is among the top Senate recipients of campaign donations from the agriculture sector.
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