January 19, 2020

Agriculture Appropriations; Drought Legislation; Regulations; and, Food Prices

Agriculture Appropriations, Farm Bill 

The House Appropriations Committee will meet on Thursday this week to markup the FY 2015 Agriculture Appropriations Bill.

Last week the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee approved spending language that “would require the Agriculture Department to waive requirements to serve fruits, vegetables and low-sodium and low-fat foods for schools that can show their lunch programs are losing money” (The Hill, “House panel cuts school nutrition standards.”).

And recall that last Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee adopted fiscal year 2015 spending allocations for Agriculture.

David Rogers reported last week at Politico that, “[T]he [Sen. Appropriations] committee also opted for compromise and gave Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack some flexibility in addressing complaints from school districts regarding the level of whole-grain foods they must include in lunch and breakfast meals.”