WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) is one of more than 50 House and Senate members working to combine two versions of the Farm Bill.
The current Farm Bill expires on September 30th.
The Farm Bill is a large piece of legislation that is traditionally done every five years, and includes things like aide programs for farmers and food stamp programs.
Bustos said she is working to strengthen crop insurance for Illinois farmers, and wants to keep rural development programs in place.
Bustos said, “So, a community like Joy, Illinois and Tampico, Illinois on their own would not be able to help their water projects get to the level where they can provide safe drinking water. It is… you need the federal government to step in and help out with programs like that. That’s what the rural development program is all about… that’s why that’s really critical in the end here.”