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NYS Commissioner of Agriculture Darrel Aubertine. Photo: NYS
NYS Commissioner of Agriculture Darrel Aubertine. Photo: NYS

Aubertine says Farm Bill delay hurting farmers

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New York Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine says farmers are already feeling some pain from the expiring farm bill. Despite a last-minute push for a vote, the new farm bill was one of several key issues left for action after the November election as Congress went home this past weekend.

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Aubertine, who is from Cape Vincent, says dairy farms have seen a reduction in price supports for their milk.  And he says all farms stand to lose from cuts to food stamps and nutrition programs: “Clearly, nutrition and the nutritional programs for health, but [those programs] also play a major role in the consumption of local produced and processed foods, so it’s a double whammy on that front, too.”

The Senate passed its version of the farm bill in June; and the House Agriculture Committee approved its version. House Speaker John Boehner told reporters the full House would deal with the farm bill after the elections.

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