Should the nutrition title be split from the farm bill?

After failure to pass a 2013 Farm Bill in the House of Representatives last month, is splitting the nutrition title from the farm bill the only way a new bill will be passed by the House? Many farm groups and organizations feel no farm bill will be passed without the nutrition title, and others feel the opposite. What do you think? Feel free to comment below, adding explanation to your vote.

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Anonymous
on Jul 17, 2013

A farm bill by itself could really be cut up easily. Money could be taken from it, and be applied to other programs, and urban and city would be OK with all cuts.

Anonymous
on Jul 17, 2013

I'm with the last comment- let's be
honest for a CHANGE. Something
different for Washington politicians !

Anonymous
on Jul 15, 2013

The runaway usage of this entitlement program do not aid the Farm Bill. At this point in time they are two separate entities and SNAP belongs with welfare. Since surplus commodity distribution is no longer a part of the program, and it is only monetary handouts, I don't see the logic in retaining it with the Farm Bill.

Anonymous
on Jul 14, 2013

I believe food and agriculture still go together! No farm bill will ever become law without urban support. This is a terrible idea.

Anonymous
on Jul 13, 2013

The nutrition portion of the farm bill has really grown so much that it should be a separate bill and stand on its own. There are strong feelings both for and against the magnitude of the nutrition portion that are causing harm to agriculture by tying up the farm portion of the bill. What is the real fear in splitting these into two bills - that the nutrition component will be cut significantly like other areas of government?

Anonymous
on Jul 13, 2013

Food stamp program needs to be separate it's abused so badly people selling them to buy alcohol ,drugs etc Agriculture is agriculture let it stand on it's owne

Anonymous
on Jul 13, 2013

Food comes from Agriculture. The House did not pass a nutrition bill and does not intend to pass one. The true colors of the House Republicans is shown here. They are interested in big farmers as rural America supported inclusion of nutrition in the farm bill. Will the House approve a Nutrition bill? Will House GOP move quickly to send representatives to iron out this abomination with the Senate. I doubt it.

Anonymous
on Jul 13, 2013

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Anonymous
on Jul 13, 2013

Nutrition and farm programs should be kept in same legislative act. USDA has done an effective job of implementing nutrition programs. Congress should not try to fix something that is not broken! Subsidies for large corporate farms should be accompanied by providing food for truly poor families of America.

Anonymous
on Jul 13, 2013

There are more people on welfare than are working! That's a problem no matter which side you are on.

Anonymous
on Jul 13, 2013

Food stamps are welfare and should not be part of the FARM bill. Let america see where the money is being wasted. It's not on farmers !!!!!

Anonymous
on Jul 13, 2013

FARM SUBSIDIES HAVE BEEN ABUSED BY FARMERS AND FOOD STAMPS HAVE BEEN ABUSED BY THOSE WHO CLAIM THEY NEED THEM. SEPARATE THEM AND KEEP WASHINGTON OUT OF AGRICULTURE. LET THE MARKETS CARE FOR THEMSELVES.

Anonymous
on Jul 13, 2013

It's just a political ploy for getting votes. Leave politics out of the farm bill and let farmers do what they love to do the most. Farmers are tired of paying for welfare for those who won't earn a living for themselves

Anonymous
on Jul 10, 2013

WHEN, the government was giving away surplus foods, tying the programs together made sense. Now, SNAP (food stamps) are inefficient and we likely should incorporate this program with unemployment, education, etc., perhaps with work requirements. Likewise, the "Farm Bill" is a subsidy whether or not producers need it, chooses the "favorites" like corn, soy, wheat, etc. while ignoring other crops and livestock. The insurance industry also is subsidized. Large producers are capable of either "self-insuring" or purchasing their own insurance, so it should be means tested, just like other welfare programs.

Anonymous
on Jul 10, 2013

It is the current "leadship" in the house that has caused the problem and UCs. The Senate did not have the same issues and these two catagories have been intertwined for good reason for decades.

Anonymous
on Jul 13, 2013

The House leadership is using vision to move forward. The SNAP Program is 4 times the rest of the Ag budget and growing out of control. This is the first step to getting program moved to where it belongs at Health and Human services or at least somewhere the food stamp program won't be used to provide people with unhealthy nutrition causing obesity and all it's related health problems which this Country is committed to pay for this will bankrupt the Nation unless healthy nutrition is demanded in the SNAP program.

Anonymous
on Jul 10, 2013

Best interests of farmers as well as the balance of American society will be served by keeping government nutrition programs with production agriculture programs.

Anonymous
on Jul 10, 2013

We will never have a farm bill if nutrition is not included. We need the votes of city congressman.

Anonymous
on Jul 10, 2013

Bundles lead to excess spending.

Anonymous
on Jul 10, 2013

The components of the nutrition portion have nothing to do with production agriculture and everything to do with welfare. The USDA is not the "Department of Welfare" It is the "Department of Agriculture".
As a farmer my input is: You can close down the USDA as long as you make it illegal for anyone or any entity to forecast or speculate on what we will produce. The only thing that should affect farm commodity prices is what has been produced and what has been sold and no entity should be allowed to sell any volume of any commodity that it does not have in it's posession!

Anonymous
on Jul 17, 2013

I agree 100%. Very well stated. The Department of Agriculture, is not the department of Welfare.

Anonymous
on Jul 13, 2013

Amen

Anonymous
on Jul 13, 2013

Amen !!!!

Anonymous
on Jul 10, 2013

LET'S BE HONEST FOR A change !

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