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Agriculture Appropriations Bill - 2013 Updates

Updates are related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) & SNAP Education (SNAP-Ed) in the Farm Bill

Before you dive into these updates, understand these terms and background behind them. . .


Updates:

12/17/2013

12/10/2013

12/3/2013

  • People are calling into Washington D.C. to share their thoughts about SNAP in the Farm Bill. Find out more, here.
  • To find Farm Bill articles and resources on Twitter, follow the conversation: #farmbill, #farmbill2013, #myfarmbill, #agchat, #whogoeshungry, #thisisSNAP, #SNAPworks

12/2/2013

  • A new report shows that spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has reduced. Fewer people participate in the program as the economy gets better. Find more information at the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities' website.

11/27/2013

11/22/2013

  • The US Department of Agriculture lead a Google + Hangout talking about local food initiatives in our Farm Bill. See all the opportunities. The Philadelphia based store and recipient of the community food project, Common Market, was a speaker. Watch the hangout here, or follow #myFarmBill on Twitter.

11/21/2013

11/20/2013

11/15/2013

11/13/2013

11/8/2013

11/5/2013

11/4/2013

11/1/2013

10/30/2013

10/29/2013

  • You can follow along this twitter site which follows politicians that are involved with the Farm Bill meeting.

10/28/2013

10/22/2013

10/18/2013

  • Check out this informative webcast through the Harvard School of Public Health with renound presenters from sectors. They describe how the decisions within the Farm Bill are linked to the obesity epidemic. There are also a listing of awesome resources describing the Farm Bill below the video.

10/13/2013

10/12/2013

  • The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) continues to remain open through the government shutdown. Here are the details.
  • "The People's WIC - Utah" matches WIC participants with people willing to donate them formula until the end of the government shutdown. Learn more!
  • How will the government shutdown affect the federal nutrition programs? Click here to find the US Department of Agriculture's contingency plan and a summary.
  • As of November 1st, benefits for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are at risk of reduction. You can read this site to learn about the details. Take note! On the right-hand-side, some states provided example flyers, answers to Frequently Asked Questions, videos, and more to help to describe the reductions to recipients.

9/30/2013

  • The Farm Bill expired yesterday. Technically, it's a 9 month Farm Bill extension. But, for now, that means programs funded by the bill remain overlooked and unfunded.

9/27/2013

  • An outline of the Farm Bill debate closes with a suggestion of a shift - food assistance will be shifted from government support to the non-profit and private sector.

9/24/2013

9/18/2013

  • You can share a video about what the Farm Bill means to you by following these directions. #myfarmbill
  • With the House meeting about the Farm and Nutrition Bills on Thursday, walk through what will be discussed. It is described clearly here.

9/16/2013

9/10/2013

  • It's still unclear whether any movements on the Farm Bill will be completed by September 30th. House Republicans did release plans cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $40 billion over the next ten years. Check out this one page summary and a backgrounder for more information. A House vote on the proposal may occur this month, and the Democratic Senate will reject these cuts. Their proposal onlycut SNAP by $4 billion over ten years.
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9/6/2013

9/3/2013

8/28/2013

8/26/2013

  • The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities has issued a report estimating that the House proposed $40 billion dollar cut  that eliminates SNAP assistance to about 4-6 million persons. Read the report.  This agenda will be reviewed next month.
  • A new review of recent polling results, compiled by Hart Research Associates on behalf of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) shows that many Americans do not believe in cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP and formerly food stamps).

8/14/2013

8/13/2013

8/6/2013

8/5/2013

7/25/2013

Posted 7/23/2013

  • In this letter, heads of USDA were called to use their existing authority to institute and evaluate two demonstration programs that would restrict the purchases of unhealthy food and beverages with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
  • This infographic will walk you through the history of the Farm Bill. It's an excelent learning tool. Push the arrows below each picture in order to read on.

7/22/2013

7/17/2013

7/15/2013

7/8/2013

7/1/2013

6/28/2013

6/27/2013

6/24/2013

6/20/2013

6/19/2013

6/18/2013

6/17/2013

  • The Farm Bill covers food issues from farm to table. Look to this article for a quick synopsis of of the passage of the bill.
  • Watch this, and begin to understand how food stamps interplay in the Farm Bill.

6/10/2013

6/4/2013

5/29/2013

  • Watch an MSNBC interview with Lori Silverbush discussing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cuts in the Farm Bill.
  •  Addressed within the Farm Bill is the Older American’s Act that provides federal funding for nutrition assistance for the elderly, one program being Meals on Wheels. See a fact sheet about it here and more on the legislation here.
  •  A little Farm Bill History as we move forward into the future cuts.
  •  What are the implications of the House proposal? See this report.
  • The Farm Bill is at a stand-still on the Senate floor until June 3rd. Here’s the update.
  • The Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior signed a letter opposing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cuts.

5/17/13

5/14/13

  • The House Farm Bill will cut SNAP by $20 billion over ten years by focusing on SNAP eligibility and limiting LIHEAP heat and eat eligibility. The House will start their mark-up tomorrow. Click here for the summary of their proposals (Nutrition is Title IV in the document).

5/12/13