U.S. Sen. Portman (center) spoke with farmers at Mike Farm Enterprises near Centerville Wednesday. Owner Mike Clark is on the left.
U.S. Senator Rob Portman met with farmers in the Dayton area Wednesday to talk about the farm bill. The bill, which is up for renewal, subsidizes both agribusiness and food stamps.
The farmers want a new bill passed soon to protect crop insurance, a federally-subsidized program that helps farmers cope when nature destroys their crops. But Portman recently voted against the Senate version of the omnibus bill.
U.S. Senator Rob Portman will meet with farmers in the Dayton area today to answer questions about the farm bill.
For most farmers, the first concern about the farm bill is making sure there is a farm bill. The 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.
A report out this morning from a conservative think tank says welfare benefits are so generous that they’re keeping recipients from seeking out work. But advocates are blasting that as unfair, incomplete and wrong.
About 1.8 million Ohioans who get food stamps will see a reduction in benefits when a federal program expires in November.
And a new report says that will be devastating to the people who use the program.
In 2009, as part of the economic-stimulus law, federal food assistance increased maximum monthly benefits for food-stamp recipients. That increase will expire at the end of October for the 47 million Americans using food stamps.