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February 2017 Farmland Newsletter available

The February 2017 edition of the Farmland Preservation newsletter is now available.

This edition includes a legislative update, industry news, research study results, educational workshops, calendar items, and more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link: February 2017 Farmland Preservation Newsletter (PDF)

As always, there is plenty more to browse and dates to note. If you have suggestions for newsletter content, drop a line to us at ofp@scc.wa.gov

January 2017 Farmland Newsletter available

The January 2017 edition of the Farmland Preservation newsletter is now available.

This edition includes agricultural conservation success stories, industry news, research study results, educational workshops, calendar items, and more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link: January 2017 Farmland Preservation Newsletter (PDF)

As always, there is plenty more to browse and dates to note. If you have suggestions for newsletter content, drop a line to us at ofp@scc.wa.gov

House Agriculture Committee: Chairman Conaway unveils SNAP report

On December 7m 2016, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) unveiled a new report summarizing the committee’s two-year review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Committee members heard from 60 witnesses in 16 hearings over the course of the review known as the Past, Present, and Future of SNAP. The report can be viewed here.

SNAP has grown from a pilot program that served just 500,000 people in 1964 to a program that served more than 47 million Americans at the height of the recession. SNAP is now the largest program under the Agriculture Committee’s jurisdiction—accounting for almost 80 percent of farm bill spending—and is the largest federal food program serving low-income families in the United States.

Read more at: http://agriculture.house.gov/news/