You know, we hear about the Farm Bill as “farmer welfare.” Think again! This year’s farm bill is a full 80% food stamps and nutrition!
The 2014-18 Farm Act (commonly known as the Farm Bill) will fund the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and expands programs for speciality crops, organic farmers, bioenergy, rural development and beginning farmers and ranchers.
80% of the outlay goes to nutrition, 8% funds crop insurance programs, 6% funds conservations programs, 5% funds commodity programs, and the remaining 1% funds all other programs, including trade, credit, rural development, research and extension, forestry, energy, horticulture and miscellaneous programs.
The total outlay for the 2014 Farm Bill is $489 billion.