Farmers learn about subsidy changes

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) — Farmers learned about sweeping changes made to the farm subsidy system at a forum Friday in Canfield.

Speakers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Mahoning County Farm Bureau and the Ohio State University Extension talked to farmers at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm.

Regulators are still working through the bill to determine how it will impact farmers throughout the U.S. One change they do know is that direct payments have been taken away.

Subsidies, which is money to help them grow crops, now will be more similar to the national crop insurance program. The bill also cuts $8 billion from the food stamp program.

Area farmers will continue to get updates from the farm bureau as more information becomes available.

To see a summary of the bill, click here.

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