House Agriculture Committee Announces the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today joined with Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and members of the House Agriculture Committee to introduce a new Farm Bill, H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018.
Rep. Thompson is Vice Chair of the committee and Chairman of the Nutrition Subcommittee, which oversees federal nutrition programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which was formerly called food stamps. Today’s legislation works to address the economic challenges facing the nation’s farmers and ranchers, while making historic investments toward opportunities for SNAP recipients.
“Introduction of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 marks the culmination of years of hard work by the House Agriculture Committee, which has delivered a product that includes many important reforms,” Rep. Thompson said. “Members of the Agriculture Committee have traveled to every corner of the country to host listening sessions and obtain vital input from our farmers, ranchers and growers. From voluntary insurance, to rural development and agriculture research, to conservation, this legislation will build upon the important policies that support American agriculture.
“As Chairman of the Nutrition Subcommittee, I am particularly proud of the reforms put forth for the SNAP program,” Rep. Thompson continued. “Since 2015, the subcommittee has hosted 21 hearings on SNAP and received testimony from more than 80 witnesses on how to strengthen the program, while working in earnest toward the goal of ending hunger in America. While the bill continues SNAP assistance to our most vulnerable, the legislation also provides new opportunities for individuals who have been marginalized by lack of education or gainful employment. Today’s bill is about ensuring this critical safety net remains a viable program for years to come, especially for those who need it most.”
The Farm Bill goes far beyond America’s farms. Every five years, the Farm Bill sets policies that govern a broad array of programs, from crop support to conservation and from food assistance to forestry. The Farm Bill makes up only about 2 percent of all federal funding, but every American benefits from its provisions.
The largest portion of funds is spent on nutrition programs, which make up nearly 80 percent of the total authorization. The remainder supports America’s farmers, ranchers, and consumers through initiatives that include commodity programs, agricultural research at land grant universities, trade, and rural development.
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For more information on the bill, visit agriculture.house.gov/farmbill