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Crop Insurance Reforms Debated, Introduced

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The House Agriculture Committee started the markup of their farm bill this morning and much of the debate focused on needless cuts to SNAP.  

In particular, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) offered an amendment to block any cuts to SNAP until error rates for crop insurance are less than or equal to those rates for SNAP. 

Click here to see Rep. McGovern offer his amendment (speed ahead to 1:53:40).

Separately, Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Tom Petri (R-Wis.) introduced the legislation to reform crop insurance to level the playing field for family farmers, improve transparency, and protect the environment.

Read EWG’s full statement on AFFIRM here.

The House Committee resumed their markup at 6:30pm EST tonight.


Table Scraps:

Minnesota Public Radio has more on how farm bill proposals will increase the cost of farm subsidies to the taxpayer.

Maine legislative panel approves bill requiring the labeling of GE foods.


Tweet of the Day:

@RepMcGovern My Amendment(79): #FarmBill #SNAPcuts can't take effect until waste/fraud/abuse rate in crop insurance progs are equal or less than SNAP’s


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