06/14/2018 - The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee advanced its version of the 2018 farm bill with bipartisan support on June 13. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics applauds Chairman Pat Roberts (Kan.) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) for their leadership on the farm bill.
The Academy is pleased that the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 continues to build on what has worked in the past with 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.
In the farm bill, the Senate affirmed the importance of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and included provisions to further strengthen program integrity and modernize systems and technology. SNAP helps one in eight Americans put food on the table and keeps more than 8 million people out of poverty, including nearly 4 million children.
The Senate's approach stands in contrast to the House farm bill, H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, which would result in more than 2 million people losing their SNAP benefits or having their benefits reduced. The Academy opposes H.R. 2.
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. Food security should not hang in the balance.