Agriculture legislation proposed by Oregon lawmaker

    
 

Monday, Dec 12 2011 5:08PM

Wyden reportedly developed the proposals after consulting with a committee of agriculture advisors. He said the measures are designed to improve the food stamp program, open local markets for produce, increase access to healthy foods and encourage agriculture job creation.

Wyden reportedly developed the proposals after consulting with a committee of agriculture advisors. He said the measures are designed to improve the food stamp program, open local markets for produce, increase access to healthy foods and encourage agriculture job creation.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has presented new agricultural legislation to address relevant issues as lawmakers discuss spending and other aspects of the next Farm Bill.

Wyden reportedly developed the proposals after consulting with a committee of agriculture advisors. He said the measures are designed to improve the food stamp program, open local markets for produce, increase access to healthy foods and encourage agriculture job creation.

"Since agriculture is one of the cornerstones of the Oregon economy and with Congress getting ready to debate a new Farm Bill, I wanted the best advice I could get from farmers, ranchers, hunger advocates and others from across the state," Wyden said.

The legislation would make it easier for small farmers to receive federal loans and reduce the amount of paperwork required from them. It would also provide a review of federal nutrition spending and modifications to the loan rules of the Farm Service Agency, which would ease the process of securing operating loans for small farms and young farmers who may have difficulty under the current system.

The proposed legislation combines nutrition and economic development assistance changes, reducing the cost to farmers who sell to local schools and making it easier for schools to buy from local food suppliers.

For further reference, check out this source: Senator Wyden's press release

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