As Congress prepares to craft a new Farm Bill, farm industry advocates are encouraging farmers to support keeping food assistance programs like SNAP in the 2018 Farm Bill.
“They’ve been together since the early 1970s and it really helps to form a balanced bill that can make it through the House of Representatives and ultimately the Senate,” director of market intelligence for the American Farm Bureau Federation John Newton explained. “The Farm Bill is a $1 trillion package over 10 years, with about 80%t of that money going to food assistance and nutrition programs.”
Newton said conversations on the 2018 Farm Bill are underway, with several Senate and House hearings already completed.
Source: Farmers’ Advance, 4/4/17, Farm Bill