House Approves 2018 Farm Bill
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today voted in favor of H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, to address the economic challenges facing the nation’s farmers and ranchers, while making historic investments in federal nutrition programs.
Rep. Thompson is Vice Chair of the House Agriculture 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. The 2018 farm bill works to provide increased opportunities for SNAP recipients to obtain job training and workforce skills.
“I strongly support the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 because it will do so much for rural America, especially our farmers and landowners,” Rep. Thompson said. “This bill strengthens commodity programs, agricultural research at land grant universities, trade, and rural development. The bill is also timely, given that average farm income is down nearly 50 percent compared to when the last farm bill was written.
“As chairman of the Nutrition Subcommittee, I am proud of the provisions in this bill that provide an on-ramp to opportunity through education and a chance for individuals and families to stop living paycheck-to-paycheck,” Rep. Thompson added. “The farm bill will help the unemployed and under-employed gain skills to build a better life for themselves and their families while protecting the most vulnerable among us including children, seniors and the disabled.”
For more information on the bill, visit agriculture.house.gov/farmbill