Farm Bill Cuts Food Stamps, Subsidies

Posted at: 01/27/2014 10:40 PM
Updated at: 01/27/2014 10:47 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) -- On Monday, lawmakers reached an agreement on a farm bill that will likely result in fewer cuts to food stamps than previously thought.

The deal would cut $800 million from the program per year, or about one percent of total funding.

Some proposals had called for up to five percent cuts, and for food shelves the deal means less strain on supplies, and it couldn't have come at a better time.

“Some of our people are walkers who just can't for whatever reason, well, for obvious reasons, can't get out,” said Lt. David Amick with the Salvation Army in Austin. “So when the weather breaks, I think we're going to start seeing a massive increase again, so I think our food supply will start to dwindle a little bit."

The bill would also end direct payments to farmers, to be replaced with increased crop insurance programs.

The House is expected to vote on the new farm bill on Wednesday.