PHILADELPHIA -- Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today expanded on the Administration's farm bill nutrition proposals, an area of farm policy which constitutes the largest part of USDA's budget.
The nutrition proposals would spend $467 million more than current programs. An additional $2.75 billion would be spent on the purchase of fruits and vegetables to improve nutrition in USDA food and nutrition programs.
"We drew up our nutrition proposals with three primary goals in mind - based on the feedback we received during our Farm Bill Forums," Johanns said. "We recommend increasing program access for the working poor and elderly, moving America toward healthier eating habits, and making more effective use of taxpayer dollars. We will make certain our eligibility rules support both work and education wherever that is possible. We also want to improve our administration of the Food Stamp Program, strengthen its integrity, and finally rename it to reflect the changes that time and technology have brought since its inception in 1964."
The Administration proposes the following changes to nutrition programs:
Food Stamp Program
Other Food Assistance Programs
Promoting Healthy Diets
SOURCE: USDA news release.