2007 Farm Bill
A farm bill is a collection of new laws and amendments to longstanding laws that sets the overall direction of federal food and farm policy for a specified number of years. Farm bills typically contain not only commodity price and income support provisions, but also provisions on agricultural trade, rural development, domestic food and nutrition assistance, foreign food aid and more. While nutrition programs such as the Food Stamp Program are reauthorized in the Farm Bill, the National School Lunch Program and other school-based child nutrition programs are not. The House Agriculture Committee and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry will hold field hearings and hearings in Congress during 2006 in anticipation of passing a farm bill in 2007.
The School Nutrition Association developed an advocacy strategy on legislative priorities for the farm bill including components of the SNA 2007 Legislative Issue Paper calling on Congress to consider adding 10 cents in commodity funding for each school breakfast served and to fund the pilot program to eliminate the reduced price meal category. Also a priority is the need for national nutrition standards for all foods and beverages in the school environment. Finally, SNA is asking for more funding support for fruits and vegetables in schools.
Schedule of Farm Bill Hearings
Other Farm Bill Resources