Saturday, January 24, 2015

Do Iowa farmers know about Walker's food stamp cuts?

Farm states usually love the food stamp program because it pays for a lot of what farmers produce. The same is true for the program under which the United States Agriculture Department buys surplus food from farmers and distributes it to schools to manage supplies and keep prices high enough that farmers can weather - - literally - - the markets' ups and downs.

Do Iowa farmers know Walker made Wisconsin only one of four states recently to reduce food stamp availability - - or that Walker wants to cut recipients' eligibility in Wisconsin by a full year, and also wants recipients to pass a mandatory drug screening urine test to obtain their aid?

If entitlement recipients are to be drug-tested, how about extending that to farmers who are  receiving price support payments, or other USDA subsidies that stabilize communities and the broader economy in a farm state like Iowa

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