Symposium Session: The Farm Bill: Implications for Dietitians, Low-Income Consumers, and Farmers
This is not a webinar or course for purchase- this is a module for credit claiming for our 2019 Spring Symposium attendees and cannot be purchased or taken by non-attendees. These sessions are exclusive to our symposium, however, the topics may be revisited in the future in the form of a webinar or self-study course.
Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 1080, 4040, 4080
Performance Indicators: 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 12.2.3, 12.2.4
In mid-December 2018, Congress passed The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (also known as the Farm Bill). This multi-year bill legislates policies and authorizes programs for food and nutrition aid, agriculture, trade and marketing programs, rural development assistance, and other programs. In authorizing the new bill, Congress affirmed the importance of supporting healthy food access for nearly 40 million low-income Americans, regardless of work status.
In this session, various programs reauthorized in the Farm Bill and their implications for dietitians, low-income consumers, and farmers will be discussed. These programs include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program (now called the Gus Schumacher Incentive Program), the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, Community Food Projects, and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP).
After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:
- State two benefits of the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program.
- List three benefits of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative for consumers and communities.
- Advocate for programs in the 2018 Farm Bill that can improve food access, reduce food insecurity, decrease health care costs, and stimulate local economies.
Christine McCullum-Gomez, PhD, RDN, LD, is a writer, speaker, and consultant. Her areas of expertise include environmental nutrition, food and nutrition policy, population-based approaches to nutrition and health, and sustainable food systems. She holds a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University with minors in Public Affairs and Program Evaluation and an MS in Nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. McCullum-Gomez currently serves on the Board of Editors and as a Column Editor for the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. Her personal website is www.sustainablerdn.com.
Christine McCullum-Gomez, PhD, RDN, LD, has no relevant disclosures to report. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
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