Nutrition & Food Access

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 […]

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: House Holds Specialty Crop and Nutrition Hearing

May 11, 2012

Tuesday, May 8th, the House Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture held its fourth of eight hearings in preparation for a 2012 Farm Bill.  The hearing consisted of two panels, the first of which discussed specialty crop programs and the second, nutrition assistance.             Rep. Pingree and Russell Libby   Chairwoman Jean Schmidt (R-OH) opened the […]

USDA Announces Funding for SNAP EBT Equipment at Farmers Markets

May 9, 2012

On Wednesday, May 9, USDA announced $4 million in funding to expand EBT capacity at farmers markets across the U.S. as part of the Agency’s larger mission to improve healthy food access in low-income communities. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, provides benefits to recipients through an Electronic Benefit Transfer […]

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: Senate Markup – Local Food and Rural Development

May 1, 2012

Note to Readers — This is the eighth in a series of posts on the 2012 Farm Bill reported out of the Senate Agriculture Committee on April 26. The Senate Agriculture Committee voted the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act — the proposed name for the 2012 Farm Bill — out of Committee on Thursday, […]

House Sets Government Funding Allocations

April 25, 2012

On April 19, we reported that the Senate Appropriations Committee had approved discretionary spending allocations for the coming 2013 fiscal year.  The size of the total spending pie, as laid out by the Committee, was completely consistent with the levels set by law in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Today, the House Appropriations Committee […]

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: Senate Draft Farm Bill – Local Food and Rural Development Drilldown

April 23, 2012

Agricultural policy that bolsters community economic development serves as a cornerstone of NSAC’s advocacy.  Within this framework, we support strong Rural Development programs that target small business development and job creation.  Similarly, NSAC recognizes the economic opportunities inherent in food produced for local markets and thus urge Congress to address infrastructure and information barriers to […]

House Agriculture Committee Passes Budget Reconciliation Bill, Announced Farm Bill Hearings

April 19, 2012

On Wednesday, April 18, the House Agriculture Committee passed a budget reconciliation bill on a partisan vote that proposes to cut $33.2 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over ten years. In its fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget resolution, the House Budget Committee directed the House Agriculture Committee to cut $33.2 billion over […]

Request for Applications for Farm to School Grants

April 17, 2012

On April 17, USDA announced new funding that aims to provide fresh, healthy food for children in schools across America, and to bolster and sustain local farmers and ranchers. The agency said today that $3.5 million in funding will be available to help local school districts organize and implement Farm to School programs.  These critical […]

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: Senate Writes a Farm Bill

April 13, 2012

The Senate Agriculture Committee is on track to meet its timeline for marking up a farm bill later this month.  Agriculture staffers in the Senate have been meeting throughout the two-week Congressional Easter recess to discuss issues and proposals.  The Senate Agriculture Committee leadership is writing a draft of the farm bill – known as […]

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