The 2014 farm bill nutrition title includes bipartisan improvements to SNAP while excluding harsh House provisions

by Ed Bolen, Dorothy Rosenbaum, and Stacy Dean

The nutrition title of the farm bill that House and Senate negotiators unveiled last week represents a solid outcome after a difficult two-year congressional effort. While it unfortunately doesn’t make progress in addressing hunger and poverty by investing new resources in SNAP (or by reinvesting the SNAP savings that it generates), it includes sound reforms that should strengthen SNAP over time. Most important, it rejects the harsh eligibility cuts in the House-passed version of the farm bill