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Farm Bill Discussion May Not Happen Until September

Dan Farm Bill, Legislative

After the house and senate passed their versions of the farm bill before the Fourth of July holiday, optimists thought the momentum would carry through to deliberation. However, those talks have not begun and the House is on break for the month of August. American Farm Bureau’s Andrew Walmsley said that’s just two weeks away. Revisions to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program …

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Trump Administration Planning USDA Reorganization

Dan Industry News Release

The Trump Administration is planning to put together a government reorganizing report that would include shifting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program away from the USDA and into the Department of Health and Human Services. Several of the proposals in the upcoming report are said to be highly controversial. The SNAP proposal would shrink USDA because the SNAP program is the …

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U.S. House Fails to Pass 2018 Farm Bill

Dan Farm Bill, Legislative

In a vote of 198-yes, 213-no, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, or as we know it the 2018 Farm Bill. 30 Republicans joined 183 Democrats in defeating bill. While Republican leaders were confident ahead of the vote, many members of leadership were seen on the floor holding last-minute …

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USDA Expands Focus on Program Integrity Across All Nutrition Programs

Dan Industry News Release

As part of Agriculture Secretary Perdue’s strategic goal of ensuring that our programs are delivered efficiently, effectively and with integrity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced an enhanced focus on program integrity, that will include renewed attention on transparency, payment accuracy, fraud and waste prevention, and improved quality control. “Where protection of taxpayer dollars …

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No Drastic SNAP Changes Expected in Senate Farm Bill

Dan Industry News Release

Politico says the Senate is not expected to make any drastic changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as it works to reauthorize the farm bill. Those comments came from Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts during a speech before anti-hunger advocates on Tuesday morning. While speaking to the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, Roberts said again that he’ll oppose efforts …

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USDA Talks to Grocers About the “Harvest Box”

Dan Industry News Release

The USDA public relations campaign surrounding the harvest box idea has gone before a group of the nation’s biggest grocery suppliers. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says they’re talking with grocers about their role in a proposal to replace some food stamp allocations with prepackaged boxes of groceries. Perdue told reporters last week that grocers are already adding the delivery service …

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Trump Budget Proposal Considered “DOA”

Dan Economy, Industry News Release, Legislative

Presidential budget proposals have been dead on arrival before. However, the Hagstrom Report says no budget outline has been as dead as the one President Trump sent to members of Congress on Monday. No one in the entire American food chain seems happy with what they’ve seen. Everyone, from members of Congress to farm leaders, crop insurance executives, as well …