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Farm Subsidies and Food Stamps at Stake in Farm Bill Vote


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A farmer plows a field near the town of Arvin, southeast of Bakersfield, California.
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A farmer plows a field near the town of Arvin, southeast of Bakersfield, California.

The U.S. Senate plans to vote Monday on the reauthorization of the farm bill, which is already causing a stir among farmers, environmentalists, and anti-hunger advocates. The bill would cut $24 billion over the next decade, including $4 billion from food stamp programs. The House drafted a rival bill, with nearly $40 billion in cuts. We discuss the likelihood of the bills' passage, and what they mean for different stake holders.

Host: Dave Iverson

Guests:

  • Alexis Fernandez, nutrition policy advocate for California Food Policy Advocates
  • Dale Moore, executive director of public policy for the American Farm Bureau Federation
  • Ken Cook, founder and president of the Environmental Working Group, a public interest, research and advocacy organization known for its farm subsidy database

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