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Beyond the Farm in the Farm Bill: What Nutrition Professionals Need to Know About the Nutrition Title

Ismail, Mehreen MPH; Wilde, Parke PhD

doi: 10.1097/NT.0000000000000249
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Nutrition professionals focused on populations with low or no income in the United States should stay informed and participate in discussions about 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization. The Farm Bill’s nutrition title authorizes programs administered by the US Department of Agriculture, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and food distribution programs. In the most recent 2014 Farm Bill, the nutrition title accounted for 80% of the bill’s forecasted spending. This article summarizes 5 issues that may be up for debate in the coming year. Decisions about program structure and funding, benefit adequacy, and benefit redemption will influence dietary intake and food security for millions of Americans with low income.

Mehreen Ismail, MPH, is a PhD candidate in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition at Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, and studies federal nutrition assistance programs.

Parke Wilde, PhD, is a food and agricultural economist with the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, and the author of Food Policy in the United States: An Introduction (Taylor and Francis/Routledge, 2013).

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Correspondence: Mehreen Ismail, MPH, 150 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111 (

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