Farm Bill Update!

The 2007 Farm Bill has passed a major hurdle on its way to approval by Congress. The House of Representatives passed its version of the 2007 Farm Bill (H.R. 2419) by a vote of 231 to 191 on July 27, 2007.

The Farm Bill comes up for renewal every five years. The present Bill was approved in 2002 and expires on September 30, 2007.

The Farm Bill is about much more than farms. It’s about the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and even the fuel we use. The House version makes new investments in fruit and vegetable production, conservation, nutrition and renewable energy. For these reasons, some have suggested that the legislation should be renamed the “Food and Farm Bill.”

Nearly half the money appropriated in the farm bills since the 1960s has been for programs that help the Community Food Bank run as effectively as it does. The 2007 Farm Bill provides more money for nutrition programs like WIC, Food Stamps and Emergency Food Boxes. It also provides more money to senior nutrition programs, like Food Plus. New legislation introduced with the 2007 Farm Bill will allow Food Plus recipients additional food assistance in the form of vouchers to purchase fruits and vegetables from farmers’ markets.

The next step for the 2007 Farm Bill is deliberations in the Senate. The Senate Agriculture Committee released its draft of the Farm Bill after Labor Day.

To learn more about the Farm Bill visit “Follow the Food and Farm Bill.” You can find information on changes to the bill that the Community Food Bank supports, as well as letters and contact information for your members of Congress