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For the 2023 Farm Bill, expect a political showdown over SNAP benefits
Congress will be debating food aid programs covered by the bill, just as pandemic-era funding increases for food aid expire while grocery costs remain high.
What to expect from the 2023 Farm Bill
Advocates for everything from nutrition programs to tribal food sovereignty to climate and sustainability initiatives will be keeping an eye on the bill next year.
Native agricultural coalition takes up priorities for the next farm bill
Tribal agricultural leaders say they would like to see more lending to agricultural producers and more autonomous control over federal funds.
Farmer aid agreement removes obstacle to federal shutdown negotiations
The GOP wanted increased funds for aid programs to farmers, but opponents said similar aid has gone to big corporations at the expense of smaller farms in the past.
Congress closes in on a final farm bill
Lawmakers in the House and Senate have reached a bipartisan agreement on a nearly $900 billion bill. To get there, House Republicans backed off demands to increase work requirements for people receiving food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The bill could come up for a vote this week.
Food aid need shifts from cities to countryside
Since the late 1970s, lawmakers have placed the SNAP nutrition program into the farm package hoping to get both urban and rural support. But that thinking might be outdated.
Trump administration details aid for farmers hurt by tariffs
The Trump administration announced details today of a $12 billion aid package for farmers hurt by the trade war. Retaliatory tariffs imposed by China and other countries have hit soybean producers especially hard, with prices falling about $2 a bushel this summer. The aid package includes help for soybean, wheat and corn farmers, and dairy […]
Georgia has looked at what it takes to train some food stamp recipients to meet work requirements
The House version of the proposed federal farm bill would require parents with children over 6 years old to fulfill a 20-hour work or training requirement to receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. That means nationwide 3 million more people would suddenly need job training. The conundrum, said […]
Senate committee takes a crack at a bipartisan farm bill today
While this version is less partisan than previous ones, safety net programs are still a hurdle
Navigating technology in the public sector
How are government programs such as SNAP affected by old and new ways of doing business?