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Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018

This bill (commonly known as the farm bill) reauthorizes through FY2023 and modifies Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs that address:

  • commodity support,
  • conservation,
  • trade and international food aid,
  • nutrition assistance,
  • farm credit,
  • rural development,
  • research and extension activities,
  • forestry,
  • horticulture, and
  • crop insurance.

The bill modifies agriculture and nutrition policies to:

  • expand the work requirements and modify the eligibility rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program),
  • repeal the Conservation Stewardship Program and incorporate parts of the program into the Environmental Quality Incentives Program,
  • revise the requirements and process for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pesticide registration program,
  • require farmers to make a one-time election to obtain either price loss coverage or agricultural risk coverage for the 2019-2023 crop years,
  • allow payment yields used for price loss coverage payments to be updated once in counties affected by drought,
  • rename the Margin Protection Program for dairy producers as the Dairy Risk Management Program and modify coverage levels and premiums,
  • combine several trade programs into a single International Market Development Program,
  • increase the loan limits for guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans,
  • establish new broadband standards for projects financed through USDA, and
  • expand the categorical exclusions that exempt certain forest management activities from requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to prepare an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement.

The bill also repeals the Clean Water rule (also known as the Waters of the United States rule), which was issued by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to define the scope of waters protected and regulated under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act).

Policy Area

Agriculture and Food

Legislative Terms

  • administrative law and regulatory procedures
  • advisory bodies
  • agricultural conservation and pollution
  • agricultural education
  • agricultural insurance
  • agricultural marketing and promotion
  • agricultural practices and innovations
  • agricultural prices, subsidies, credit
  • agricultural research
  • agricultural trade
  • alaska
  • alaska natives and hawaiians
  • alternative and renewable resources
  • alternative dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration
  • animal and plant health
  • aquaculture
  • atmospheric science and weather
  • child health
  • community life and organization
  • congressional oversight
  • delta regional authority
  • department of agriculture
  • disability and paralysis
  • disaster relief and insurance
  • ecology
  • economic development
  • educational technology and distance education
  • electric power generation and transmission
  • elementary and secondary education
  • employee benefits and pensions
  • employment and training programs
  • energy assistance for the poor and aged
  • energy storage, supplies, demand
  • environmental protection agency (epa)
  • environmental regulatory procedures
  • farmland
  • fires
  • floods and storm protection
  • food assistance and relief
  • food industry and services
  • food supply, safety, and labeling
  • foreign aid and international relief
  • forests, forestry, trees
  • fruit and vegetables
  • genetics
  • government lending and loan guarantees
  • government studies and investigations
  • hazardous wastes and toxic substances
  • health care costs and insurance
  • health care coverage and access
  • health programs administration and funding
  • health promotion and preventive care
  • health technology, devices, supplies
  • higher education
  • homelessness and emergency shelter
  • housing and community development funding
  • indian lands and resources rights
  • indian social and development programs
  • intergovernmental relations
  • international exchange and broadcasting
  • internet and video services
  • iowa
  • land use and conservation
  • licensing and registrations
  • livestock
  • manufacturing
  • minnesota
  • minority education
  • missouri
  • motor vehicles
  • nebraska
  • north dakota
  • nutrition and diet
  • performance measurement
  • pest management
  • public utilities and utility rates
  • public-private cooperation
  • regional and metropolitan planning
  • research administration and funding
  • retail and wholesale trades
  • rural conditions and development
  • separation, divorce, custody, support
  • solid waste and recycling
  • south carolina
  • south dakota
  • state and local government operations
  • student aid and college costs
  • technology transfer and commercialization
  • television and film
  • veterans' education, employment, rehabilitation
  • veterinary medicine and animal diseases
  • water quality
  • water use and supply
  • watersheds
  • wetlands
  • wildlife conservation and habitat protection