Farm Bill Update and Call to Action

      Posted On: May 3, 2024

On Wednesday, both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees released competing proposals for Farm Bill legislation. The outlines both come with differing levels of detail and represent major philosophical differences between the parties in control of their respective chambers. While neither chamber has released actual bill text yet, the proposals released Wednesday help to project their shapes.

The House proposal, led by Chairman GT Thompson, a Republican, would cut billions from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through changes to the Thrifty Food Plan and also cuts investment in climate-smart agriculture.

For these reasons, FMC cannot support the proposal and we encourage our members to contact your House Representative and inform them of your opposition.

We do, however, appreciate the House Agriculture Committee’s inclusion of provisions to simplify the application process for the Local Agriculture Marketing Program (LAMP), including the Farmers Market Promotion Program. This item is an FMC priority, but such improvements cannot come at the cost of SNAP.

Conversely, the Senate framework proposes significant investments across the board and aligns well with FMC policy priorities. Notably, the Senate proposal includes increased funding for the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program while making important program improvements to GusNIP and LAMP grants programs.

FMC applauds the Senate Agriculture Committee for developing this detailed and comprehensive Farm Bill framework.

Now is an important time to make sure the needs of farmers markets operators, farmers, and shoppers are considered as the Farm Bill is negotiated

Please contact your members of Congress today and express your support of FMC’s policy priorities, as well as your opposition to the cuts to SNAP proposed in the House Bill.