Summary: H.R.4425 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.4425. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (11/16/2017)

Food and Farm Act

This bill reauthorizes and modifies several Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs that address:

  • commodity support,
  • crop insurance,
  • conservation,
  • food assistance,
  • nutrition,
  • farm credit,
  • beginning farmers and ranchers,
  • food waste,
  • research and educational programs,
  • animal welfare, and
  • regional food systems.

The bill modifies agriculture and nutrition policies to:

  • repeal the Agriculture Risk Coverage Program and the Price Loss Coverage Program,
  • impose additional limits on farm subsidies,
  • extend crop insurance premium subsidies to farmers who plant crops to reduce erosion,
  • require recipients of farm subsidies to comply with additional conservation requirements,
  • authorize increased funding for conservation programs,
  • authorize additional assistance under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for organic farmers,
  • establish a loan program for conservation-based structural improvements,
  • increase Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program) benefits,
  • authorize additional assistance for beginning farmers and ranchers,
  • establish the Office of Food Waste within USDA,
  • authorize additional funding for research and education programs,
  • require USDA to comply with certain animal welfare standards at federal agricultural research centers,
  • require USDA to reinstate online posting of Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act enforcement records, and
  • expand grant and loan programs for local and regional food systems.