06/21/2018 - The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the farm bill 213-211 on June 21. This is the second attempt by the House to pass H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, the same bill that failed in May.
The Academy opposed the bill, which would result in more than 2 million people losing their food assistance benefits or having their benefits reduced and undermine the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
The Senate farm bill, S. 3042, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, stands in contrast to the House farm bill. The Academy praised the committee for its bipartisan efforts to continue to build on what has worked in the past with targeted, common sense investments to strengthen nutrition programs to ensure critical food access for families in need, continue advancement in agricultural research and support nutrition education to empower people to make lasting, healthful food choices.
The Academy supports the Senate's farm bill and asks that the House and Senate work together to advance a farm bill in a timely fashion that builds upon the successes of nutrition programs to improve health for all, especially those most susceptible to experiencing food insecurity.