The current Farm Bill is set to expire in September 2013, giving Congress the opportunity to reexamine the legislation and debate whether to improve or eliminate each part of the bill. Throughout my time in Congress, I’ve been able to meet with farmers and ranchers who have expressed the need for a strong Farm Bill this year.
While the Farm Bill includes wide range of agriculture programs, it ultimately deals with our national food security, which impacts all Americans – whether you live in rural Texas or downtown Fort Worth. A number of nutrition programs – such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps – are also enacted through the Farm Bill.
Given the fact that this bill impacts everything from farm subsidies to food safety to SNAP, it is important for the House and Senate to come together to reauthorize this legislation before September. By doing so, we will provide certainty for consumers, SNAP recipients, and America’s farmers and ranchers.