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Federal/State:Federal
Bill:CONG US HR 5616 - promot urban agriculture and research
Summary:Would promote and enhance urban agricultural production and agricultural research in urban areas. The Secretary of Agriculture would submit to Congress and publish on the Internet site of the Department of Agriculture a report on the status of farmers' markets in the United States, including coverage of: the number of farmers' markets, the number of farmers' markets established during such year, the economic value of an average farmers' market, the type of governmental assistance provided to farmers' market
Sponsor(s):Marcy Kaptur (D)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: For status updates, visit the federal legislative website.

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD SB 30 - Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013
Summary:Would reauthorize agricultural programs through 2018.
Sponsor(s):Senator Harry Reid (D - NV)
Status:
As of 2/6/2013: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HRes 182 - Concerning specialty crops
Summary:Would create funding for specialty crops, ie fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops including floriculture.
Sponsor(s):Representative Susan K. DelBene (D - WA)
Status:
As of 5/8/2013: Referred to Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture
As of 4/29/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Agriculture

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD SB 678 - Growing Opportunities for Agriculture and Responding to Markets Act of 2013
Summary:Would establish a program to provide loans for local farms, ranches, and market gardens to improve public health and nutrition, reduce energy consumption.
Sponsor(s):Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr (D - PA)
Status:
As of 4/22/2013: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HR 1414 - Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act
Summary:Would introduce reforms to support farmers, increase access to healthy foods for consumers, and provide stable funding to programs that support local agriculture.
Sponsor(s):Representative Chellie Pingree (D - ME)
Status:
As of 9/19/2013: Referred to Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
As of 4/23/2013: Introduced, referred to Committees on Agriculture, and Education and the Workforce

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD SB 679 - Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act
Summary:Would establish a program to provide loans for local farms, ranches, and market gardens to improve public health and nutrition, reduce energy consumption.
Sponsor(s):Senator Sherrod Brown (D - OH)
Status:
As of 4/24/2013: April 9, 2013: Read twice, referred to Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HR 1947 - Farm Bill
Summary:Would review, amend, and enhance the existing agricultural policy and programs to be enacted through 2018.
Sponsor(s):Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK)
Status:
As of 6/21/2013: Failed to pass
As of 6/20/2013: Resolution provides for the amount of time allotted for debate
As of 6/20/2013: Committee on Rules resolution (HRes 266) reported to House
As of 6/14/2013: Committee on Agriculture filed Supplemental Report part 3
As of 6/12/2013: Placed on Union calendar
As of 6/12/2013: Discharged by Committee on Foreign Affairs
As of 6/12/2013: Reported and amended by Committee on Judiciary
As of 6/10/2013: Committees on Foreign Affairs, and Judiciary granted extention until June 10, 2013
As of 6/7/2013: Committee consideration and mark-up session held, ordered to be reported and amended by voice vote
As of 5/31/2013: Referred to Committees on Foreign Affairs, and Judiciary for provisions in the bill that fall within their jurisdiction
As of 5/23/2013: Committee passed a proposed bill that includes a $20.5 billion cut to SNAP over 10 years - Report Part 1
As of 5/22/2013: Considered by Committee, ordered to be amended
As of 5/15/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Agriculture

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD SB 954 - Farm Bill
Summary:Would review, amend, and enhance the existing agricultural policy and programs to be enacted through 2018.
Sponsor(s):Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Status:
As of 9/5/2013: Senator Stabenow from Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry filed a written report under Authority of the Order of the Senate (Report No. 113-88)
As of 7/24/2013: Senate incorporated this measure in HR 2642 as an amendment
As of 6/13/2013: Transmitted to House
As of 6/13/2013: Passed by Senate, bill engrossed. Includes a $4billion cut to SNAP
As of 6/5/2013: Amendment 1079 passed, which aims to enhance a pilot program authorized in the 2008 farm bill to test projects that could expedite the provision of food aid to populations suffering from hunger, with the provision of food sourced in the communities and regions closest to them.
As of 5/24/2013: Following amendments considered: Amendment 960 Repeal the nutrition entitlement programs and replace with a block grant program (Failed); Amendment 992 Provide access to grocery delivery for homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities eligible for SNAP (Passed); Amendment 1056 End SNAP eligibility for convicted violent rapists, pedophiles and murderers (Passed); Amendment 925 Reform federal sugar program (Failed); Amendment 965 Permit states to require labeling of GMOs in products (Failed)
As of 5/23/2013: Following amendments considered: Amendment 931 Strike a reduction in the SNAP program with an offset that limits crop insurance reimbursements (Failed to pass); Amendment 948 Improve and extend certain nutrition programs (Failed to pass)
As of 5/17/2013: Read twice, placed on calendar, Committee passed a proposed bill that includes a $4.1 billion cut to SNAP over 10 years

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HR 2498 - Farm Bill
Summary:Would reauthorize agricultural programs through 2018; this is the bill that was passed by the Senate.
Sponsor(s):Representative David Loebsack (D - IA)
Status:
As of 7/2/2013: Farm bill passed by Senate introduced in House

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HR 2642 - Farm Bill
Summary:This version of the farm bill only addresses agriculture programs and excises the nutrition programs from consideration.
Sponsor(s):Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK)
Status:
As of 11/4/2013: Conference held
As of 10/14/2013: Conferees selected
As of 10/14/2013: Debating a motion on instructing conferees
As of 10/4/2013: Senate disagreed with House amendment, insists on its own amendment, asked House for a conference, and appointed Senate conferees
As of 10/2/2013: Received in Senate
As of 9/30/2013: See below for amendments
As of 9/30/2013: House agreed to Senate amendment with its own additional amendments
As of 8/5/2013: Senate agreed to request for conference
As of 7/23/2013: Returned to House
As of 7/23/2013: Senate amended bill by subsituting House version with the Senate passed version of the farm bill
As of 7/18/2013: Received in Senate, placed on calendar
As of 7/15/2013: Passed by House
As of 7/12/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Agriculture

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HR 3072 - Local Food for Healthy Families Program
Summary:Would make grants available to certain entities to carry out projects to provide incentives to low-income families receiving supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits to purchase fruits and vegetables.
Sponsor(s):Representative Dan Kildee (D - MI)
Status:
As of 9/10/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Agriculture, then Committee on Ways and Means