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The US Farm Bill: Opportunities and Challenges

Mueller, Megan MPH; Kennedy, Eileen DSc

doi: 10.1097/NT.0000000000000148
Nutrition Policy

The newest Farm Bill was signed into law on February 7, 2014, after a fervent 3-year political debate. The Bill was scheduled to pass in 2012. However, disagreements over the budget, commodity subsidies, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program stalled its passing. This is the first time in US history that the Farm Bill has been this delayed. This commentary will provide an overview and history of the US Farm Bill, with a particular emphasis on the nutrition provisions.

Megan Mueller, MPH, is a PhD student and New Balance Doctoral Fellow at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Eileen Kennedy, DSc, is a professor of nutrition policy and former dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University.

Funding was provided by Tufts University.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Correspondence: Eileen Kennedy, DSc, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, 150 Harrison Ave, Boston MA 02111-1836 (

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