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After two years, the House finally passed a farm bill this week, authorizing nearly one trillion dollars in spending on farm subsidies. Well, dairy farmers in Sullivan County say they aren't happy with the bill because it doesn't address the needs of dairy farmers. Our Eva McKend has the details.
MONTICELLO, N.Y. - Congress is one step closer to passing a farm bill. The House finally agreed on a nearly one trillion dollar bill that would authorize spending on farm subsidies and nutrition programs. But Sullivan County farmers want to see that bill taken one step further.
"I don't really think the farm bill is going to have the impact that's needed," said Cindy Gieger.
Gieger Farms has been in Cindy Giegers' husband's family for decades.
With the county seeing a dramatic dip in dairy farming over the years, she wonders how farmers like them will survive.
"From what I understand, the farm bill has yet to address the fact that the current milk pricing formula is broken," said Gieger.
She's also concerned about the elimination of direct payments.
In the past, about five billion dollars were paid to farmers even if they were unable to grow crops.
"As a smaller dairy farm, the direct payments was kind of a safety net, when the milk price went below our cost of production, which makes it very difficult for farmers to stay in business," said Gieger.
The passed bill also includes significant cuts to federal food stamp aid.
Now it's headed to the Senate where it's expect to receive be approved but not without one final plea from the people it will impact the most.
"We need a better price for our milk," said Gieger.