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What does the Farm Bill mean for Public Health?

What does the Farm Bill mean for Public Health?

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Posted on 06/20/2013 at 08:47:08 AM by Suzanne Price
By John Courtney, Executive Officer

The Farm Bill is the primary legal framework for food and agricultural policy.  It covers all agricultural issues that fall under the purview of such federal agencies as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development.  It is a comprehensive bill that is renewed approximately every five years by Congress, and it has become highly controversial in the last few decades since it reaches much farther than U.S. farms.

The Farm Bill includes titles on nutrition assistance, international trade and food aid, agricultural research, rural development, farm commodity support, horticulture, livestock, conservation, farm credit, bioenergy, crop insurance and disaster assistance, and forestry, all of which affect public health. Read more about why and how the Farm Bill affects health policy on the Altarum Health Policy Forum.

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Do you think that the current Congress will renew it now that Republicans are in control of the House?