What’s in the Farm Bill Proposal?
House's draft consolidates conservation, raises SNAP work requirement
According to a report at the American Agriculturist, political dissension over what should be in the next farm bill leaped higher with the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture's proposal introduced last Thursday.
In brief, the Agricultural and Nutrition Act of 2018 introduced by Ag Committee Chair Michael Conaway, R-Texas, aimed to meet the Congressional Budget Office baseline — $112 billion less than for the 2014 Farm Bill. That meant consolidating programs such as the Conservation Stewardship Program into the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, capping enrollment of Conservation Reserve Program acres and scaling down those payments.
As reported in Likelihood of 2014 Farm Bill extension grows, plenty of dissension was anticipated over several of Conaway’s proposals. One concerned how the mandatory work requirement feature for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program might be carried out, as well as lack of adequate funding for state training since states would administer the SNAP changes.
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