DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The House Agriculture Committee has released the first draft of the new farm bill. Texas Congressman Michael Conaway on Thursday introduced HR 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018.
The biggest concerns of the bill are changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Conaway says, "Three years ago we began this quest to reform SNAP. We wanted to start with basically as blank a sheet of paper as we could get. We didn't want to be constrained by spending or resources, we just wanted to find the best policy we could possibly get to, so it would let us know our guidepost. We did that, we had it scored, it comes in at a budget neutral."
The new bill wants to make more stringent work requirements for SNAP recipients aged 18 to 59 who not disabled or pregnant, which makes up fewer than a third of recipients.
Conaway says there are few changes to crop insurance, but some farm programs are unfunded to make room for a little more research funding and a $150 million Foot-and-Mouth disease vaccine bank.