How Farm Bill Relates to Idahoans


By KMVT News

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV )

On Friday President Obama signing a 956 billion dollar farm bill.
Lawmakers signed the bill after two years of arguments over the legislation.

The bill replaces direct crop payments with an insurance program and trims money from the food stamps program.
Representative Clark Kaufmann of District 25 explains how the bill affects Idahoans.

Kauffman explains the bill, "Reauthorizes the PILT money, or Payment In Lieu of Taxes. Idaho is a large percentage of federal lands so they aren't taxed but this PILT money comes through the farm bill to the counties that rely on it."

The bill covers crop subsidies, which allows farmers to make disaster payments.

Representative Kauffman explains this may be beneficial in Idaho with the low water levels and an anticipated dry season.

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