U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand opposes at cuts to the Food Stamp Program that are included in the federal farm bill that is nearing a vote in the U.S. Senate.
The proposed $4.1 billion cut in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan (S.N.A.P.), formerly food stamps, will affect millions of children, active duty servicemen and seniors, Sen. Gillibrand said during a telephone press conference Tuesday. A part of a coalition opposed to the cuts, Sen. Gillibrand is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee
Speaking to reporters, Sen. Gillibrand said key provisions for strengthening Northeast dairy farms — including 36,000 farms in New York — will be included in the Senate farm bill.
® Passage of the Gillibrand-Collins Dairy Pricing Reform Bill to reform the way the U.S. Department of Agriculture sets dairy prices. It will require the USDA to study different pricing methods and report back to Congress.
® Passage of the Dairy Income Fairness Act, which would give farms with 200 cows or less a guaranteed $6.50 margin — the cost of milk minus feed. It would also exempt the first 200 cows from supply management and extend the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) for nine months while the USDA establishes a new, sustainable program for dairy farmers.
® Sen. Gillibrand also favors stepped-up cold storage inventory reporting to help stabilize dairy trading.
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