Struggling Farmers Find Challenges Accessing Government Aid - ABI

Farmers around the country are struggling to pay for basics like groceries and electricity as farm bankruptcies rise and farm debt hits a record high, the Washington Post reported. Calls from farmers in financial crisis to state mediators have soared by 57 percent since 2015. An estimated 197,000 farmers, farmworkers, fishermen and forestry workers use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), according to a study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, but farmers say they sometimes find it difficult to qualify because of complicated rules governing self-employment income. The Trump administration has long-term plans to tighten SNAP eligibility for many. ABI

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