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A Farm Bill is in conference committee with votes expected on a final version in Congress later this week. The bill houses the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or food stamps, along with farming policy for the next several years. Congressman Ralph Abraham says he’s disappointed the bill leaves out SNAP work requirements, but overall it’s a good bill.
Congress has reached a compromise deal on a new Farm Bill to set agriculture policy for five years, but it won't expand work requirements for food stamps, which had been a priority of U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham of Louisiana and President Donald Trump.
Louisiana legislators at their 2019 fiscal session should increase the state’s 20-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax, but the odds of that happening are slim to none. Those taxes haven’t been increased since 1989, and that 20 cents is worth only about 7 cents in today’s money.
Some say when a farmer is asked what he does for a living, he should say he’s a “professional gambler.”
Farming is a gamble when everything is as it should be. When the weather is contrary and geopolitics gets added to the mix, the gambler doesn’t stand much of a chance against “the house.”
Lawmakers announced they come to an agreement on the farm bill.
After a simmering fight in Congress over food stamps. the debate appears to be settled without the addition of new work requirements. Washington correspondent reports it's just one part of a sweeping farm bill set for a vote next week.
Nine projects in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District will receive more than $27 million in combined loans and grants from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development, according to Congressman Ralph Abraham.
In a normal year, John Good can easily handle a rainy harvest season for his 1,300 acres of soybeans in Pointe Coupee Parish.
As world leaders head to the Group of 20 talks in Argentina on Wednesday, soybean farmers are among those hoping to see some sort of trade truce struck between the U.S. and China.
Rep. Ralph Abraham, a Republican who represents most of eastern Louisiana bordering Mississippi and Arkansas, introduced a bill to adjust how USDA pays out for the Market Facilitation Program because many farmers in his state either have nowhere to take their soybeans or have not harvested them at all, Abraham stated in a news release.
A Republican lawmaker wants to change a single word in the Trump administration’s farm aid program saying some soybean growers in Louisiana cannot qualify for the payments designed to offset farmers’ losses from tariffs against China.