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Midterm elections may impact farm bill, trade

A flip in either or both chambers of Congress with next week’s midterm elections may reverberate into pig farms and soybean fields.
At issue in the Nov. 6 vote is President Donald Trump’s trade war with China as well as domestic entitlement programs.
The world’s second-largest economy slapped tariffs on U.S. agricultural products, including pork and soybeans. That prompted Trump to provide $12 billion in assistance to farmers. Domestically, farm programs began to expire Sept. 30 and Congress hasn’t passed a new bill.
Trump and the Republican-led House of Representatives have advocated for new work requirements for food-stamp recipients. A bill passed in that chamber in June without any Democratic votes. The Senate version, also passed in June, doesn’t include the work rules. The farm legislation is a traditional vehicle for modifying the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps.
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