Nutrition & Food Access


Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: NSAC Assessment of House Committee-Passed Bill

July 12, 2012

In an earlier post we provided highlights and lowlights of the House Agriculture Committee one-day markup of their version of the 2102 Farm Bill, including a rundown of sustainable agriculture amendments passed and defeated.   Here we turn to an assessment of the bill overall.  Still to come is a piece discussing possible next steps in […]

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: House Agriculture Committee Debates and Passes Its Farm Bill

July 12, 2012

After a full-day marathon markup that started on Wednesday morning and went into the early hours of Thursday, the House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the 2012 Farm Bill by a vote of 35-11.  Seven Democrats and four Republicans voted against the bill.  The Republicans who voted against the bill did so based on […]

Path to 2012 Farm Bill: House Markup Looms

July 10, 2012

The House Agriculture Committee will debate and vote on its version of the 2012 Farm Bill tomorrow, Wednesday July 11.  It is now widely expected that the House Agriculture Committee “mark-up” of the 2012 Farm Bill will take less than a day, rather than the normal multi-day process. The markup will begin at 10 AM […]

Analysis Released on House SNAP Cuts

July 9, 2012

The House Agriculture Committee’s mark of the 2012 Farm Bill was released on July 5, 2012.  This bill contains $35 billion in cuts over the next ten years, 45 percent of which would come out of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program).  The Center on Budget and Policy […]

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: Draft House Farm Bill Drilldown

July 6, 2012

On July 5, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Peterson (D-MN) released their draft farm bill ahead of the House Agriculture Committee’s farm bill markup scheduled for next week beginning Wednesday, July 11.  The bill generates $35 billion in savings by cutting over $16 billion from nutrition programs and more than $6 billion […]

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: Draft House Farm Bill Highlights

July 6, 2012

On July 5, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Peterson (D-MN) released their draft farm bill ahead of the House Agriculture Committee’s farm bill markup scheduled for next week beginning Wednesday, July 11.  The bill generates $35 billion in savings by cutting over $16 billion from nutrition programs and more than $6 billion […]

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: Successful Day One of Farm Bill Voting in Senate

June 19, 2012

We are delighted to report that the U.S. Senate today passed an amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill providing $150 million in critical funding for rural economic development and new farmer programs.  The amendment, introduced and championed by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), was approved on a 55-44 vote, with Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) […]

House Appropriations Committee Passes FY13 Ag Funding Bill

June 19, 2012

On Tuesday, June 19, the House Appropriations Committee passed its FY 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee passed on June 6. The full Committee bill, which we outlined in detail in an earlier post, is nearly identical to the Subcommittee bill.  However, the Committee did adopt a number of amendments, including: An […]

Guest Blog: Institute of Medicine Report Highlights the Connections Between Health and Agriculture

May 30, 2012

We want to thank Becca Klein from NSAC member the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) for her contribution.  Becca is the Health & Agriculture Policy Project Director at CLF, working to bring a health perspective to federal food and agriculture policy. Believe it or not, just because I work for an academic […]

Senate Farm Bill Reported and Budget Scores Released; NSAC Analysis

May 26, 2012

On April 26, the Senate Agriculture Committee approved its version of the the 2012 Farm Bill, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012, by a vote of 16-5.  Exactly four weeks later, on May 24, the Committee actually reported the text of the bill. It is normal for there to be a lag […]

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