Farm bill panel talks crop insurance, food stamps
|By Josie Musico, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
That's what's in the new farm bill, panelists explained at the
While adjusting to those new insurance programs, it pays to do your research,
"It's going to be really important for crop producers to work with their insurance agents and know what questions to ask," he told a large group of farmers.
Darneille accompanied U.S. Rep.
Holladay pointed out producers may vary their insurance plan by different types of cropland.
"You can insure your dryland and irrigated separately on any policy," he said.
Conaway noted 80 percent of the funds in the farm bill are actually used for nutrition programs such as food stamps.
Although the new farm bill cuts food stamp spending by about 1 percent, the congressman said he would like to see more reform. He said about 10 percent of food stamp recipients are healthy adults with no dependents and should not rely indefinitely on government assistance.
"They're on food stamps without a work requirement, and that's a moral hazard," he said. "We all have hard times and the safety net should be there, but it should be a temporary fix -- it shouldn't be a permanent way of life."
Conaway said the number of U.S. food stamp recipients has increased from 23 million to 47 million in recent years, despite an economy that appears to be recovering.
"We don't really understand why that's happening," he said. "It's a legitimate conversation to have."
Conaway also discussed strategies to bring more Republican control to
"We have a legitimate shot at taking the
Darneille described Conaway as a friend of the cotton industry.
Holladay also praised the congressman's efforts in agriculture and encouraged his fellow producers to stay politically active.
"These partnerships are extremely important," he said. "Everybody has to be on board to get this going. We've got a lot of good people in a lot of good spots."
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