DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Human Services is warning that some Iowa businesses will have to pay for equipment and supplies, or pay transaction fees, to accept food stamp payments.
The agency says the change comes courtesy of this year’s federal farm bill that passed in February.
Before the legislation, Iowa used federal funds to provide equipment and pay transaction costs for retailers who averaged $100 per month or more in food stamp transactions. Under the new farm bill, the agency says, that’s no longer allowed.
DHS says the change will affect about 1,100 retailers in Iowa who use the state-provided equipment.