Washington — The Farm Bill is being sent to President Barack Obama to be signed into law, without changes to the sugar program, after passage in the Senate by 68 to 32 and following approval by the House this past week.
While the sugar program remained intact, the five-year bill will continue to allow the use of sulfuryl fluoride, a critical fumigant used to treat cocoa in U.S. port storage facilities, which the NCA and member companies fought for during the past two years.
In addition, the new bill did not impose any restrictions on the food choices made by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. The Association supports this protection, believing SNAP efforts should focus on nutrition assistance, access and outreach.
Despite efforts for its removal from the bill, Market Access Program (MAP) funding, which goes to support export activities for U.S. manufacturers, remains. This program offers $2 million in funding annually to NCA members, the Association reports.
Finally, the Farm Bill dropped a controversial program that imposed limits on milk production, which raised milk prices. Replacing it will be a program that adopts a revenue insurance program for dairy famers.