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Webinar: Beyond Talking Points – Nutrition Assistance Programs and the Farm Bill

This conversation will cover Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs, notably SNAP and WIC, which made up roughly 80% of the 2018 Farm Bill’s funding allocation. Buoyed by additional temporary funding through the pandemic, many nutrition assistance program recipients are facing smaller amounts of support in the coming months. As Congress considers reauthorization of the Farm Bill, experts from Duke and Syracuse will share insights from their research on potential changes to these programs, which could make them more efficient as well as reduce the food insecurity and food resource gap between White, Black and Hispanic demographic groups.

Farm Bill Event
Recorded: Jun 28, 2023 12:00 PM  EDT (US and Canada)
Last reauthorized in 2018, the Farm Bill remains one of the most significant and comprehensive pieces of legislation affecting American agriculture and rural communities. This event is the second in a two-part virtual series, “Beyond Talking Points: The Past, Present and Future of the Farm Bill,” which aims to provide relevant perspectives on the Farm Bill reauthorization debate.
Originally signed into law in 1933, the legislation was meant to provide a safety net for farmers, ensure a reliable food supply and protect against soil loss in the wake of the Dust Bowl. Today the Farm Bill also includes nutrition assistance programs, rural development, agricultural research and many other initiatives. The discussion will provide an overview of the key issues at stake and offer insights into potential policy solutions that could help address the challenges facing American agriculture and rural communities.

Panelists Include: 

Carolyn Barnes | Assistant Professor, Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy

Norbert Wilson | Professor of Food, Economics, and Community and Director of the Duke University Sanford World Food Policy Center

Alfonso Flores-Lagunes | Professor of Economics, Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs