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U.S. Senator Bob Casey talking with woman
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Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey warned those at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days Wednesday about proposed regulation changes to food assistance programs.

Last year, Congress passed and President Trump signed a bipartisan Farm Bill. It includes funding for SNAP — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps.

“The legislative intent was ‘Don’t cut the SNAP program,’ and now they’re trying to do that, and we’ve got to fight hard against that,” Casey said.

About half of America’s farmland is planted with genetically engineered crops—principally corn, cotton and soybeans. Genetic engineering allows scientists to change the genes in some farm animals and food crops to make them grow faster or bigger and be more resistant to bugs, weeds and disease. Proponents say the technique holds the key to feeding an ever-increasing population in the most environmentally conservative way. Opponents say the science of biotechnology is moving too quickly with neither adequate study nor precaution and that we tinker with nature at our own peril.