Bill To Allow Added Produce Planting On Base Acres Opposed

Bill to allow added produce planting on base acres opposed

A new bill that would allow growers of grain crops to grow fruits and vegetables on some of their farm program base acres is drawing early opposition from fresh produce interests.
Aiming at attaching the legislation to the next farm bill, Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., co-sponsored legislation called “Feeding America through Farm Flexibility Act of 2017.” The proposed law would allow grain farmers to plant an additional 5% of their commodity crop base acres to vegetables if the extra harvest is sold or donated into a food desert with a poverty rate of at least 20%, according to …

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