Farmers Get A Big Boost
The biggest chunk, almost $200 million goes to funding food stamps and other domestic nutrition programs. But new to the Farm Bill is mandatory funding going to research of alternative fuels and mandatory funding for specialty crops. Specialty crops are basically any fruits and vegetables outside of the traditional commodities like corn, wheat, and sugar. This includes crops grown in North Central Florida, like oranges and grapefruits. This is something that has never been done before.
"So this is going to be a wonderful program, a wonderful farm bill for those that have not the assistance and research and development or promotions in the past," said Dana Brooks,.Florida Farm Bureau.
But President Bush vetoed the bill saying there wasn't enough reform at a time when crop prices are setting records. A New York Times editorial called it a disgraceful bill for perpetuating subsidies.
Both Florida Senators and 12 of the 25 Representatives supported the Farm Bill. The state of Florida will also benefit. It's getting the second largest amount of money for research and promotions for their crops to be spent as state leaders see fit.
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