← Return to Headlines Page

SNAP, Crackle and Pop

We have SNAP; dairy will add crackle and pop - - The House passed a separate bill covering USDA nutrition programs, designed to cut an estimated $39 billion from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) programs over the next decade. The vote on H.R. 3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013, was 217-210, with all Democrats and 15 Republicans voting against the bill. The approval provides the second piece of a House Farm Bill, but how it is incorporated into final Farm Bill negotiations remains to be seen. The Senate version of the Farm Bill includes both agriculture and nutrition programs. The House now has separate proposals for a five-year Farm Bill and a three-year nutrition program. The House version’s cuts to nutrition programs is about 10 times the level of the Senate version. And, of course, the negotiations will also need to address two different dairy policy proposals. The Senate version includes the National Milk Producers Federation’s (NMPF) Dairy Security Act, with its Dairy Market Stabilization Program. The House version incorporates the so-called Goodlatte-Scott Amendment, which includes only margin insurance. Sept. 20, 2013 Dairy Business Update