It’s not all doom and gloom. Both the Senate and House versions of the Farm Bill contains some big wins that SFC and our partner organizations have been advocating for. Both bills increase funding for the Food Security Nutrition Incentive (FINI) from $100 million to $275 million. FINI funds programs that double the value of SNAP benefits when they are spent on local produce at participating farmers markets, putting more money in the pockets of both farmers and food insecure Americans.
We have also shown our support for the LAMP Program, which consolidates three successful programs that benefit small farms and ranches (the Farmers Market Promotion Program, Local Food Promotion Program, and Value Added Producers Grants) into a single program with permanent “baseline” funding. The Senate included LAMP in their version of the bill, but LAMP was omitted from the House’s draft.