<p>Mary Alice Reporting:

(Friday, September 7th) Committee meetings are underway after the 2018 Farm Bill passed strongly in the U.S. Senate, but divided in the U.S House.

The Farm Bill affects the United State in terms of insurance for damaged crops to the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) and goes through Congress every four to five years.

Senator Sherrod Brown is fighting for some key issues to be included in the 2018 Bill, including improvement provisions to dairy programs, protecting SNAP, and promoting water quality.

Part of the Farm Bill’s goal is to help farmers sell their produce to consumers directly and create jobs, with 1 out of 8 jobs in Ohio food and agriculture-related.

“It’s a food bill, it’s a job and economic bill, it’s a research bill, and it’s a rural broadband bill. The Senate bill was developed with input from farmers”

In May, the House voted the Farm Bill down but eventually passed as a partisan bill, while it had bipartisan support in the Senate.

Conference committee members will meet to resolve differences between the two versions.

The current Farm Bill, the Agricultural Act of 2014, funds programs through 2018.

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