How funding cuts to the 2012 Farm Bill could affect you

POSTED: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 4:12pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- Some politicians are looking to cut funding from the 2012 Farm Bill to save the nation money.

But a breakdown of the bill reveals who could feel these cuts the most.

"Federal food programs are a huge part of our Farm Bill, 75 percent of those programs are the SNAP program, (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) which is our, what may be known as the federal food stamp program. Also school lunches and other nutrition programs," said Amanda Hill, Texas Farm Bureau spokesperson. 

That's 46 million Americans who receive food assistance through the snap program.

So by taking away from food funding?

"If you cut the Farm Bill that's a lot of food that hungry Americans aren't able to access," said Hill.

Only seven percent of the bill goes to federal assistance programs for farmers and ranchers.

"The commodity programs provide assistance to producers when they fail to make a crop," said Stephen Pringle, legislative director for the Texas Farm Bureau.

So take away from commodity programs and farmers could be out of business.

In turn, affecting you at the super market.

"Farmers and ranchers will have less assistance they may not be able to produce crops which will then reduce the supply of our domestic food and when you reduce the supply the demand will cause prices to go up," said Hill.

So changes to either program in the farm bill has its consequences but the cuts are  inevitable.

So what is an ideal solution?

"Evaluate where we can make cuts and what programs are really necessary to make sure we have a safe and affordable domestic food supply," said Hill.

Officials say they hope to wrap up the complicated Farm Bill by December 31 of this year.


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