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August 5, 2013 - Rob Weaver
Seneca County Farm Bureau has purchased 50 signs alerting motorists about farm machinery. A newsletter from the local farm bureau says it is working with the county engineer to get the signs, which read “Caution ... Farm Machinery,” placed throughout the county. The signs cost $30 each, and the newsletter says so far, individual farm bureau members have committed to pay for 20 of the signs. Anyone who wants to make a donation for a sign can make checks payable to the Seneca County Farm Bureau and mail them to 100 Hopewell Ave., Tiffin, Ohio, 44883 by Aug. 31. Perhaps a similar sign should be erected in Washington, D.C. A five-year omnibus farm bill is to expire Sept. 30, and Congress left for summer recess last Friday without passing a new one. The Senate passed a version with bipartisan support, but disagreement in the House over funding for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (perhaps it should be called the “food bill”) stalled passage of a new measure. The House okayed a proposal to aid producers, with plans to pass a nutrition measure this fall. Congress is to reconvene Sept. 6, about three weeks before the current farm bill expires. I've attached a version of the warning sign that might remind members of Congress of the approaching deadline.
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