WASHINGTON — The Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 last week, representing the first major step towards a new five-year Farm Bill. Currently, agriculture and nutrition assistance programs are operating on an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill pushed through as part of the “fiscal cliff” negotiations in January. The extension expires Sept. 30. Under the Senate plan, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, known as food stamps, are ...

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