KINGSBURY — Farmers are taking their own lives at 3 1/2 times the rate of the general population, which U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said is a problem that needs to be addressed.

WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department moved again this week to cut spending on food stamps, this time proposing changes that would slice $4.5 billion from the program over five years, trimming monthly benefits by as much as $75 for 1 in 5 struggling families on nutrition assistance.