(WQOW) – The U.S. Senate has released its version of the 2018 farm bill after the U.S. House of Representative’s version failed last month.
The bill must be re-authorized every five years, and is responsible for legislating various department of agriculture programs – like farm credits and crop insurance.
Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) was among a bi-partisan group that worked on the Senate version. She said the big differences are there will be more risk management tools for farmers and will not impose new work requirements for food stamp recipients.
"Seventy-five percent of the people it serves are seniors, children and their parents and people with disabilities," said Sen. Baldwin. "There are work requirements for the remaining folks that are eligible for SNAP benefits. I think the Senate feels the protections are there."
News 18 reached out to Senator Ron Johnson’s office for his thoughts, but he declined to comment until the measure gets through committee.
A vote is scheduled next week. The current farm bill expires September 30.