Specialty Crops and the Farm Bill

The farm bill recently passed by Congress authorizes billions of dollars in spending. One new program that would be funded by the measure would spend $1.8 billion to assist "specialty crop" producers — farmers who supply the fresh fruits and vegetables sold at local markets.

Supporters of the provision want to shift farm programs away from bulk commodities and toward production of what they say is more nutritious and environmentally friendly food.

Peter Hancock of Kansas Public Radio reports.

Correction Aug. 8, 2007

The audio version of this story said the farm bill passed last week. The measure was approved July 27.

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