Anti-hunger advocates in Wis. push for farm bill

Anti-hunger advocates in Wis. push for farm bill

By Associated Press. CREATED Oct 16, 2013

FRANKLIN, Wis. (AP) -- Anti-hunger advocates say the announcement of a deal to reopen the federal government is good news, but that doesn't mean their fight is over.

They say passage of a farm bill that covers both farm programs and food programs is critical to keeping people fed, and people need to call their lawmakers and remind them of that.

A farm bill extension expired at the end of last month, and work on a new bill has languished Congress focused on the 16-day shutdown and a threatened Treasury default.

Sherrie Tussler is executive director of the Milwaukee-based Hunger Task Force. She said at a Wednesday news conference that an end to the shutdown would be "great news" but it isn't enough to make sure all who need food will get it.