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Gillibrand advocates for farm bill proposals that would help NYers

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a key member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, emphasized the importance of the upcoming farm bill for New York during a virtual press call. The senator discussed the first draft of the bill, released last week, which is renewed every five years and includes several provisions beneficial to New York.

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Gillibrand highlighted key components of the bill that support rural economic growth, enhance food security, and expand access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). She specifically pointed to increased funding for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and improvements to the safety net for dairy farms, crucial for New York’s economy as a leading producer of dairy and specialty crops like apples and grapes.

Additionally, the farm bill framework proposes adjustments to the Dairy Margin Coverage Program to better protect farmers from fluctuating feed and milk prices. Another significant change includes making more military families eligible for SNAP by changing how housing allowances are calculated in income assessments. Gillibrand expressed optimism that the farm bill would be finalized by late summer, aiming to strengthen New York’s agricultural sector and beyond.