According to December’s LANDTHINK Pulse results, 34.6% of respondents thought that Food and Nutrition should be the most important focus of the Farm Bill, beyond commodity titles and crop insurance. The House and Senate convened this week after adjourning for the holidays, and one of the first items on the agenda will be passing a five-year farm bill in the first few weeks of January.
Last month, the December Pulse asked: What should be the most important focus of the Farm Bill beyond commodity titles and crop insurance? Our informal online survey revealed that 34.6% of our audience felt the focus should be on Food and Nutrition. Coming in an extremely close second, 34.1% of those responding thought the focus should be on Conservation.
Before Congress left for winter break, they passed an extension of the 2008 farm bill, but it set to expire until January 31st. The two biggest items of contention have been food and nutrition and dairy policy. The Senate’s version of the bill included minor changes to the food stamp program, while the House version included about $39 billion in cuts to the food stamp program over the course of 10 years. Our Nation’s conservation programs are funded in large part by the farm bill, and passing a five-year farm bill is essential to protect our natural resources.
Here’s a breakdown of the overall results:
- 34.6% said Food and Nutrition
- 34.1% said Conservation
- 11.8% said Other
- 10.9% said Renewable Energy
- 8.6% said Research Programs
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