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National Grange supports ag funding, SNAP; says splitting Farm Bill may be 'last resort'


WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 27, 2013) -- The National Grange on Thursday said reports that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is looking to separate the agriculture and conservation provisions from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funding in the current Farm Bill could be a positive move in a divisive political climate. 

National Grange Legislative Director Grace Boatright said in a statement late Thursday:


"As an agriculture-oriented organization, we strongly believe in the need for continued support for America's farmers through a Farm Bill.  We, too, believe in helping those in need of food support through community-level programs and assistance through federal funds such as SNAP. If separating the two components of this massive bill allows the divided Congress to move past partisanship and toward passage of both the Farm Bill and a responsible spending plan for SNAP, the Grange stands behind such a move. This should be done as a last resort to get critical funds approved before it's too late."


Boatright went on to say:

 "America's hardworking farmers and ranchers provide food, fiber and fuel for us each and every day and cannot wait until a more united Congress is able to enact legislation. The security of our food - from the perspective of growers and those who seek assistance as consumers - should not be held hostage."


Established in 1867, the National Grange, a nonpartisan, nonprofit fraternal organization, is the oldest agricultural and rural community service organization. With more than 2,100 local chapters, the Grange has evolved into the nation's leading rural advocacy organization and a major benefactor to local communities. There are more than 160,000 members across the United States. For more information on the National Grange, visit our website at www.nationalgrange.org. 


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