Farm Bill Update

by Legislative Chair on July 30th, 2012

The 2012 Farm Bill is in full swing!

On June 22nd the Senate passed a version of the bill, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act (S3240). The bill contains cuts to SNAP ($4.5 billion) but preserves funding for other important nutrition assistance and nutrition education programs including SNAP-ED, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Though any cut to SNAP funding is a disappointment, the proposed cuts from the Senate version are less than that in the House version.

The House version of the bill, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2012 (HR 6083), was passed out of the House Agriculture Committee July 12th. The bill includes over $16 billion in cuts to SNAP over the next 10 years and another $6 billion in cuts to important conservation programs.

The House has yet to vote on HR 6083. If the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act is passed, a joint conference committee to negotiate a compromise between the bills will be convened. The Farm Bill is set to expire September 30th, 2012.

The Washington State Food and Nutrition Council continues to work hard to ensure nutrition assistance and education programs are preserved. You can read the Farm Bill Recommendation developed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics LCCP work group here. While we continue to work on your behalf, your representative needs to hear from you! Contact them today to let them know how important these programs are. It's as simple as calling 1-877-698-8228 to be connected to your representatives' office.

Posted in Legislative Updates    Tagged with Farm Bill, SNAP, HR6083, S3240, Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, Agriculture Reform Food and Jobs Act, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program