Farmers Market Coupon Program Gets Trimmed

03/18/2002 | NYTimes.com

The Bush administration next year is planning to cut a federal program that gives 2.6 million low-income people coupons worth about $40 redeemable in the summer at farmers markets, according to Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman. The program was designed to give the elderly, poor mothers and children access to fresh produce from local farms, and it has boosted business of 14,400 small produce farmers. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., has presented a proposal to make the program permanent. "It is a public embarrassment to drop this program," says Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio.

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