January 23, 2020

Healthier Snacks Coming To All Elementary And High Schools

Categories: Farm Bill

From USDA, Jun 27- “USDA is rolling out a rule that will make sure that kids can buy only healthy snacks in schools.”


Video: Sec. Vilsack on “Morning Joe” Program

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Today Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was a guest on the “Morning Joe” television program (MSNBC) where he discussed nutrition issues and the Farm Bill.

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Farm Bill- Chairman Lucas

Ron Hays, of the Oklahoma Farm Report and Radio Oklahoma Network, spoke yesterday with House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R., Okla.) about a variety of current policy variables regarding the Farm Bill.

An audio replay and summary of the Chairman’s remarks from yesterday can be found here, while an unofficial transcript of the conversation with Ron Hays and Chairman Lucas is available here.

Chairman Lucas stated that, “This is my fourth farm bill, and in 1996 I watched as two farm bills were rejected in the House Agriculture Committee itself, but this is the first time, as far as I can tell, a bill was rejected on the floor. And that doesn’t mean that the process is over with. That doesn’t mean that the reforms that were included in the bill, whether it’s the commodity title, or nutrition, or conservation aren’t important, relevant, and won’t ultimately become law. It just means on that day, on that bill, at that moment, Mr. Peterson and I could not persuade a simple majority, 218 of our colleagues, to vote with us.”

The Oklahoma Republican explained that, “And the great debate up here is not cutting the stuff that we spend from year to year discretionary, which we’ve done a very good job in the House, but how do you go after the long-term locked in spending mandatory. This $40 billion, half out of the part of the bill that raises food, half out of the part of the bill that deals with the consumption of food, was the first real major mandatory spending reform bill to come to the floor in I don’t know how long.”

Chairman Lucas also noted that, “The ultimate thing I think that made it impossible on that day to pass a bill dealt with the food stamp issues, the nutrition issues. My liberal colleagues could apparently only accept so much reform. I think they would have voted for a bill that would have cut the $20 billion out of the nutrition title through reforms. I think they were prepared to address testing and a variety of other things.

“But when you put all that together, it was too much for my liberal friends to support, and there was a revolt among the Democrats. But also, in all fairness, Ron, I cannot criticize the Democrats exclusively because 61 of my Republican colleagues, who voted for every one of those major reforms on food stamps, wouldn’t vote for the final bill, and that’s even more amazing.”