Changes to Nutrition Programs in the 2018 Farm Bill

Charlotte Ambrozek and Timothy Beatty

from ARE Update Vol. 22, No. 3, Jan/Feb, 2019 Special Issue on the 2018 Farm Bill and Brexit

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Abstract

Nutrition programs comprise 76% of Farm Bill spending. These programs target families, children, and other vulnerable populations, and have historically enjoyed wide bipartisan support. A broad literature documents positive health and well-being effects on program participants. Changes in the most recent Farm Bill and in proposed rules by the USDA will affect eligibility requirements, restricting the population of individuals who qualify for food stamps. We synthesize these changes and consider likely consequences.

Keywords

safety net, policy analysis, employment, food security

Citation

Charlotte Ambrozek and Timothy Beatty. "Changes to Nutrition Programs in the 2018 Farm Bill." ARE Update 22(3)(2019):9-11. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
https://giannini.ucop.edu/publications/are-update/issues/2019/22/3/changes-to-nutrition-programs-in-the-2018-farm-bil/