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Statewide Sessions To Begin On Future Food and Farm Policy

Think you have no interest in federal farm law? Think again, because more than 75-percent of the billions spent on that legislation goes to food programs for the needy, such as the so-called SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, and school breakfast and lunch programs. Illinois Farm Bureau along with beef, corn, pork and soybean organizations have teamed up on a series of meetings next week to start the planning process for the next so-called farm bill. University of Illinois assistant professor Jonathan Coppess will help moderate the sessions, the first that will take place Tuesday in Mt. Vernon;

Federal farm bills have traditionally tied food programs to help the poor along with so-called safety net, or crop insurance programs, designed to help farmers during periods of low commodity prices. Tuesday’s session starts at 6:00 p-m at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon. Another takes place November 22nd in Normal. The final farm bill session occurs November 29th in Sycamore. For more information and to register you can go to FarmWeekNow-dot-com.

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