Do your kids know where their food comes from? A lot goes into putting American grown crops on your dinner table. Currently our nation’s farmers are in limbo over a massive piece of legislation that affects their livelihood. This is your #mondaynewsminute.
The legislation, known as the Farm Bill, comes up for debate in Congress every five years. It funds things like crop insurance, agriculture programs and assists with U.S. exports all over the world. But it also includes food-stamp benefits for the poor, elderly and disabled.
With so many looming issues with tariffs (fancy word for taxes on imports and exports) and an escalating trade war facing their crops, farmers are anxious and speaking out at town hall meetings all over the country urging legislators to put aside their differences and pass it ASAP.
The hold up over passing the Farm Bill is mainly over whether to tighten work requirements for food-stamp recipients. President Trump has threatened to only support legislation with tighter food stamp regulations in the House’s version of the Bill, but that’s a version with little hope of passing in the Senate. In the meantime, our country’s farmers wait on pins and needles to see what will happen with the trade war, how it will affect their farms and if the Farm Bill can help.
Did you know U.S. farmers and ranchers depend on this bill? They all face an incredible amount of government rules and regulations, and in an industry that’s already so uncertain (due to things like the weather), it’s driven many to quit farming altogether in recent years. #theamericanmoms #farmbill #usfarmers