Pam Schehl/News Darrell Kick, on behalf of U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, talks with farmers about the 2014 Farm Bill. Purchase
MOUNT VERNON — The 2014 Farm Bill was the main topic of discussion when about two dozen farmers met for breakfast at Southside Diner on Tuesday. Darrell Kick from U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs’ office and Chris Bruynis, educator in agriculture and natural resources with the Ohio State University Extension Office-Ross County, each discussed various aspects of the bill.
Speaking about the process of formulating a bill that legislators in both houses could support, Kick said, “It’s frustrating. It’s a compromise and not everybody got what they wanted.”
Kick pointed out that only about 20 percent of the farm bill funds actually apply to farmers while approximately 80 percent has to do with food programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.
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