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Local Farmers Pleased With Farm Bill

Updated: Monday, February 17 2014, 01:58 PM CST

"It'll have a huge impact, not just this year, but over the next five years in particular, and probably over the next 10," said Tolono corn farmer Lin Warfel.

The new farm bill has the largest cut to farm policy spending in history.

"It saved 23-billion dollars for the hardworking taxpayers of this country. It was a bill that strengthened crop insurance, it made farm programs much more relative to today's economy and it was and it was good for Midwestern farmers," said Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis.

Davis is talking about farmers like Warfel, who is also President of the Champaign County Farm Bureau. Warfel said the new bill has many benefits for farmers, but puts the supplemental crop insurance at the top.

"That will put a floor under our business operation," Warfel said.

The bill also reduces snap benefits by more than eight billion dollar. In addition to cuts, Representative Davis says people should be paired with jobs. 

"Pair them up with community service opportunities or pair them up with volunteer service opportunities so that they can learn the skills needed to get a joband that's the best unemployment benefit we can give somebody is a job and that's what families want," Davis added.

Local Farmers Pleased With Farm Bill


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