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Catholic Leaders Call for Farm Bill That Supports Hungry People and Family Farmers

Representatives of the U.S,. Catholic bishops and Catholic agencies that serve the poor are urging Congress to pass a Farm Bill that aids the hungry, both here and around the world, and uses scarce subsidy resources for farmers who most need them.

In a letter to the leaders of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, representatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities and the National Rural Life Conference urged support for a Farm Bill that ”provides for poor and hungry people both at home and abroad, offers effective support for those who grow our food, ensures fairness to family farmers and ranchers, and promotes stewardship of the land.

“We also urge that this Farm Bill target limited resources, such as subsidies and direct payments, to those farmers and ranchers who truly need assistance to be competitive and successful,” the letter said.

The Farm Bill is legislation renewed every five years that governs federal farm and food policy.

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