10/16/2013

The government shutdown has stalled progress on a new farm bill, a $500 billion measure that's typically renegotiated every five years and is used to set the country's agricultural and food policies. The most recent versions of the bill include significant cuts to the food stamp program, which small farmers and growers say will cut into their livelihoods in places like the Mora Farmers Market in Mora County, N.M., where a significant portion of sales are to seniors, families and young moms using WIC and SNAP cards, said produce seller Peggy Boney.

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