Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 1947 - Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013

Summaries Derived from Information Provided by Sponsors

Listed in Alphabetical Order

Jun 18, 2013 7:24 PM

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Bachus (AL)


REVISED Ensures that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will consider regulations in accordance with provisions in the Regulatory Flexibility Act – so that that small business impacts are considered in actions and alternatives that the USDA considers.

Barr, (KY), Hudson (NC), Radel, Trey (FL), Whitfield (KY)


Requires that any changes to current crop insurance policies be published and open for public comment at least 60 days before June 30 and at least 60 days before November 30 of the year before the change would take effect.

Benishek (MI)


LATE Requires a scientific and economic analysis of the FDA’s Food Safety and Modernization Act prior to final regulations being enforced. The primary focus of the analysis will be the impact of this legislation on agricultural businesses of all sizes.

Bishop, Sanford (GA)


REVISED Exempts 1890 Universities from the funding “match” requirements for the McIntire-Stennis program.

Black (TN)


Terminates an agreement the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has entered in with the Mexican government known as the “Partnership for Nutrition Assistance Program.”

Blumenauer (OR), Chaffetz (UT)


Reduces crop insurance premium subsidy for producers with adjusted gross income greater than $250,000 and eliminates crop insurance premium subsidy for producers with adjusted gross income greater than $750,000.

Blumenauer (OR)


Strikes the two years of direct payments to upland cotton.

Blumenauer (OR), Capps (CA), Moran, James (VA)


Requires that twenty percent of the acreage enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program be set aside for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program and the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program, which allows states to target high priority and environmentally sensitive land, and to continuously re-enroll that land in CRP.

Blumenauer (OR), Huffman (CA), Moran, James (VA)


Reforms the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to increase access for farmers, and eliminate payments to projects that do not show strong conservation benefits.

Blumenauer (OR)


LATE REVISED Eliminates the restriction on medical expense deductions for medical marijuana in those states that have legalized medical marijuana.

Braley (IA), Kaptur (OH), Loebsack (IA), Wilson (FL), Bustos (IL), Peters, Scott (CA), Gabbard (HI), Enyart (IL)


Provides mandatory funding for the Farm Bill Energy Title. Changes "biochemical" to "renewable chemical" with a broad definition for chemicals made from renewable products.

Brooks (AL)


REVISED Terminates funding for the Emerging Markets Program (EMP) after September 30, 2013.

Brooks (AL)


WITHDRAWN Strikes Section 4011 of the Nutrition title, which establishes a pilot program to test the feasibility of allowing retailers to accept snap benefits through mobile transactions.

Brooks (AL)


WITHDRAWN Strikes Section 4031 of the Nutrition title pilot program that expands SNAP benefits to the Northern Mariana's Islands.

Broun (GA)


WITHDRAWN Prohibits a producer from purchasing or retaining the supplemental coverage option if the producer already receives counter-cyclical payments or elects the average crop revenue election program.

Broun (GA)


Repeals permanent law from the Agriculture Act of 1949 that pertains to dairy support. Prevents the currently suspended law from becoming reactivated should Congress not reauthorize programs under the Department of Agriculture.

Brownley (CA)


Restores funding to SNAP by eliminating tax subsidies for big oil companies. It also increases funding for critical crop research programs, pest prevention programs, rural development programs, and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Butterfield (NC)


LATE Adds a section at the end of subtitle A of title IV to include items for personal hygiene for household use in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Butterfield (NC)


LATE Strikes section 4017 in subtitle A of title IV relating to the prohibition of government-sponsored recruitment activities for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Butterfield (NC)


LATE Strikes section 4027 in subtitle A of title IV relating to nutrition education.

Butterfield (NC)


LATE Strikes section 4005 in subtitle A of title IV relating to updating program eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Butterfield (NC)


LATE Authorizes a study to identify a suitable fellowship program to facilitate the maintenance of an adequate, nutritious, and safe supply of food to meet human nutritional needs and requirements.

Cárdenas (CA)


Requires all solicitations and contracts for the procurement of agricultural commodities in the Department of Agriculture above the simplified acquisition threshold to include a provision requiring the contractor to certify that it is in compliance with all applicable labor laws, and that to the best if its knowledge, its subcontractors and suppliers are also in compliance.

Cárdenas (CA)


Expands food safety education initiatives to include training farm workers on how to identify sources of food contamination and how to decrease bacterial contamination of food.

Cárdenas (CA)


WITHDRAWN Strengthens the vendors standards by ensuring that retail stores in the SNAP program provide perishable foods in at least three categories of the four staple food groups. Also requires that the following options are provided: 1) one whole grain bread option 2) at least two fresh options of fruits and vegetables and 3) at least one low-fat and skim milk option.

Carney (DE), Radel, Trey (FL)


Strikes section 11012 of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act.

Castor (FL)


Seeks to ensure that Department of Agriculture certificates of origin are accepted by any country that has entered into a free trade agreement with the United States.

Chabot (OH), McClintock (CA)


Repeals Section 3102, which reauthorizes the Market Access Program (MAP) until 2018.

Chabot (OH)


Shortens the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit expunging statute and require a State agency to expunge benefits that have not been accessed by a household after a period of 60 days

Chabot (OH)


Prohibits the availability of funds for China under the Food For Peace Act. None of the funds appropriated under this act may be obligated or used to provide assistance to China.

Chabot (OH)


REVISED Repeals the Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program (FMDP).

Christensen (VI)


Authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to create a separate High Energy Grant Program under the Rural Utilities Service for eligible entities in the U.S. Territories.

Cleaver (MO)


REVISED Reinstates the Performance Bonus Payments to states at $20,000,000 annually and require that the payments be used exclusively to carry out the SNAP program, including investments in technology, improvements in administration, and actions to prevent waste, fraud and abuse.

Cleaver (MO)


Requires USDA to submit an annual report to Congress on the SNAP benefits that were provided to disqualified individuals or households and the measures that States have taken to correct the error, as well as the number of individuals who have left the program and no longer receiving benefits.

Conaway (TX)


Requires a 10% reduction in the Thrifty Food Plan calculation in any year that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is not authorized.

Conaway (TX), Vela, Filemon (TX)


Requires the Secretary of State to submit a report on water sharing with Mexico.

Connolly (VA)


LATE Prohibits Members of Congress or their spouses from receiving benefits or subsidies authorized by the bill.

Conyers (MI)


Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to complete the registration reviews for the pesticides imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, and clothianidin and prohibits the conditional registration of pesticides that may cause unreasonable adverse effects on populations of honey bees, other pollinators, or other beneficial insects. The Administrator would also be required to provide a report to Congress on certain conditional registrations no later than 180 days after enactment.

Costa (CA)


Creates a pilot program that will use funds from the Rural Utility Service to address nitrate contamination of rural drinking water in communities with less than 10,000 residents.

Cotton (AR)


Amends Section 8304 Good Neighbor Authority in H.R. 1947. The amendment would clarify that all types of projects may be delegated by the U.S. Forest Service to the state foresters, including projects involving commercial harvesting or other mechanical vegetative treatments. These projects would still be subject to all applicable NEPA regulations. The reference to "insect-infected trees" would be corrected to read "insect-infected forests".

Cotton (AR)


Eliminates the tax on natural stone.

Cotton (AR)


Eliminates funding for Nutrition Education programs.

Cotton (AR)


Renames the “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance" Program the “Food Stamp” program.

Cotton (AR)


Eliminates the requirement that a study for a federal definition of honey be conducted.

Cotton (AR)


Continues the current administrative stay that was imposed by the rule entitled ‘‘Christmas Tree Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Stay of Regulations”.

Courtney (CT), Wittman (VA)


Adds farmed shellfish to the list of specialty crops listed in Section 3 of the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004. This would allow these products to be eligible for USDA marketing and research assistance.

Cramer, Kevin (ND)


Caps mitigation for enhancement, restoration or creation of wetlands at a 1-for-1 acreage basis. Due to this amendment the greater than 1-for-1 mitigation appeals provision is no longer necessary, and therefore is struck.

Crawford (AR)


Modifies the exemption levels of EPA’s SPCC rules for small farmers and ranchers, which require producers to construct a containment facility around above-ground oil tanks.

Crawford (AR), Terry (NE)


LATE REVISED Prohibits the EPA from procuring or disclosing the private information of farmers and ranchers.

Crowley (NY), Grimm (NY)


Facilitates cost-neutral purchasing of Kosher and Halal food within the Emergency Food Assistance Program and improve information provided to participating food banks on availability of Kosher and Halal food

Davis, Danny K. (IL)


Amends subtitle A of Title IV to not implement cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) if the Secretary of Agriculture determines that the implementation of sections 4005 and 4007 increase the economic hardship and lower benefits to households and individuals in poverty.

DeFazio (OR), Lamborn (CO)


Ensures that the full Fiscal Year 2012 payments to states and counties under the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) programs are made in full.

DeLauro (CT), Petri (WI), Kind (WI)


Sets the government guarantee target for crop insurance company profitability at 12%, the target recommended in a study commissioned by USDA, and caps reimbursements of company administrative and operating expenses.

DelBene (WA)


REVISED Preserves free school lunch eligibility for those children currently eligible, and preserve SNAP eligibility for families with eligible children by offsetting the Farm Risk Management Election Program and the Supplemental Coverage Option.

DelBene (WA)


REVISED Modifies SNAP eligibility by adjusting the household gross monthly income to at or below 160% of the federal poverty level, adjust the asset rule to $4,000 per household, and exclude the inclusion of vehicles as a consideration by offsetting the Farm Risk Management Election Program and the Supplemental Coverage Option.

Denham (CA), Schrader (OR), Campbell (CA), Fitzpatrick (PA), Meeks (NY), Cárdenas (CA)


Strikes section 12314 of the bill and replaces it with the text of H.R. 1731, a bill to create a uniform national standard for housing of egg-laying hens.

Deutch (FL)


Replaces the Thrifty Food Plan with the Low-Cost Food Plan as the basis for allotments under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Duckworth (IL)


Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a study and report back to Congress on the impact of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cuts on demand seen at charitable food providers.

Duffy (WI)


LATE Makes three necessary improvements to Stewardship Contracting Authority (Sec. 8204) and the Good Neighbor Authority (Sec. 8304). It will (1) 25% of timber sale receipts from a contract will be paid to the county where the sale takes place; (2) Apply the Timber Sale Contract Authority to Stewardship Contracts in certain situations; (3) Clarify that State Labor laws are applicable to the State when carrying out treatments via the Good Neighbor Authority.

Duncan (TN), Waxman (CA)


Eliminates the premium subsidy for harvest price policies.

Ellison (MN)


Requires that cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program within the bill shall be applied in a way that does not reduce benefits to children.

Ellison (MN)


Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to complete a study on the climate impacts of the Price Loss Coverage program.

Enyart (IL)


Establishes a revenue neutral National Drought Council and a National Drought Policy Action Plan to streamline the federal response in times of drought.

Faleomavaega (AS)


Include American Samoa and the Federated Sates of Micronesia (FSM) as provided for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The intent is to amend the McIntire-Stennis Act to include American Samoa, CNMI, and the FSM as already provided for Virgin Islands and Guam. American Samoa and FSM have land-grant colleges. The amendment will align with S. 984.

Flores (TX)


Requires USDA to conduct and submit a study detailing all activities engaged in and resources expended in furtherance of Executive Order 13547 relating to the Administration’s continued attempts to establish the National Ocean Policy without Congressional authorization. The study also should include any budget requests for fiscal year 2014 for support of implementation of Executive Order 13547, and be submitted to the House Committee on Agriculture and Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

Fortenberry (NE)


Reduces farm program payment limits, capping commodity payments at $250,000 per year for any one farm. The legislation also closes loopholes in current law to ensure payments reach working farmers, their intended recipients.

Foxx (NC), Ellison (MN)


Requires the government to disclose the names of certain persons and entities receiving federal crop insurance subsidies. Specifically, disclosure would be required for Members of Congress and their immediate families, Cabinet Secretaries and their immediate families, and entities of which any of the preceding parties is a majority shareholder.

Foxx (NC)


Caps spending on the Farm Risk Management Election program at 110% of CBO-predicted levels for the first five (5) years in which payments are disbursed (FY 2016 – 2020).

Foxx (NC)


Sunsets all discretionary programs in the bill upon the expiration of the 5-year authorization period.

Fudge (OH), Sewell (AL)


Requires USDA agencies that serve farmers and ranchers to provide a time and date stamped receipt for service to each farmer and rancher requesting information or service from USDA.

Fudge (OH), Ryan, Tim (OH)


LATE Fosters the connection between preschools, Head Start, childcare, daycare, and kindergarten readiness programs in K-12 school districts and in-home childcare facilities with small or medium sized agricultural producers.

Gabbard (HI), Hanabusa (HI), Pierluisi (PR)


Authorizes research, development, and a pest management plan to combat the coffee berry borer.

Gallego (TX)


LATE Allows American Veterans with 100% disability to apply for SNAP without their VA benefits counting towards their income for SNAP purposes.

Garamendi (CA), Gibson (NY)


Modifies the Forest Legacy program to allow qualified third party, non-governmental entities to hold the conservation easements financed with Forest Legacy revenue.

Gardner (CO), Polis (CO), Stutzman (IN), Tipton (CO)


Amends section 2121 to allow for an expedited administrative appeal when an organic producer is facing suspension.

Gardner (CO), Polis (CO), Lamborn (CO), Coffman (CO), Perlmutter (CO)


Specifies that the Secretary should give priority consideration for the use of Emergency Watershed Protection funding for those areas seeking assistance to protect public safety from flooding and repair damaged infrastructure caused by catastrophic wildfires.

Gardner (CO)


Facilitates foundations to make program-related investments (PRIs) to low-profit companies and have it count towards their 5 percent minimum payout obligation. Would streamline current IRS process for PRI ruling requests, by directing IRS to respond within 120 days of a foundation’s request whether investment is a PRI or not.

Gardner (CO)


LATE Gives Rural Utilities Services (RUS) borrowers the ability to hire contractors to perform NEPA studies without going through the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) process. Almost every other agency allows contractors to be hired without using the FAR.

Gibbs (OH), Kind (WI)


Sets the target price for all crops at 55 percent of the five year rolling Olympic average. The amendment also changes the acreage available for target price support to 85 percent of the farmer’s base acres.

Gibson (NY), Grimm (NY), Hanna (NY), Maloney, Sean (NY), Collins, Chris (NY)


Strikes the olive oil import restriction contained in section 10010 of the bill. Under 10010, if a marketing order for olive oil is established, olive oil imports would be subject to restrictions such as taste testing.

Gingrey (GA)


Strikes section 6105 from the bill which provides the authorization for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program.

Gohmert (TX)


Inserts a new short title, "Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management and Food Stamp Act of 2013".

Gohmert (TX)


Strikes title IV (Nutrition) from the underlying bill to provide for separate consideration of titles relating to farm and nutrition policy.

Goodlatte (VA), Scott, David (GA), Collins, Chris (NY), Moran, James (VA), Duffy (WI), Polis (CO), Coffman (CO), Meeks (NY), DeGette (CO), Issa (CA), Sessions (TX), Lee, Barbara (CA)


The Amendment would remove Subtitle D PART I—"DAIRY PRODUCER MARGIN PROTECTION AND DAIRY MARKET STABILIZATION PROGRAMS" and replaces it with a new "Dairy Producer Margin Insurance Program". The amendment provides dairy producers with the option to annually enroll in a new margin insurance program at levels of $4.00 and up to $8.00 in increments of fifty cents. Based on the highest annual of three previous calendar years of their milk marketings, dairy producers are allowed to elect their coverage level and the percentage of coverage up to 80% at the start of the program and annually thereafter. Dairy producers are also allowed to update their production history annually. The Secretary is required to make payments to dairy producers enrolled in the program whenever the actual dairy producer margin drops below $4.00 (or below a higher level of coverage up to $8.00). The amendment leaves the rest of the underlying dairy title intact, including the removal of the Dairy Product Price Support Program, the MILC Program, and the Dairy Export Assistance Program and the reauthorization of the 1996 FMMO additional order provision.

Goodlatte (VA), Costa (CA), Womack (AR), Welch (VT)


Each year when the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency makes the final official determination of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for the following calendar year, the Secretary of Agriculture shall use the U.S. Department of Agriculture report, World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate (or similar public and authoritative estimates provided by the Secretary of Agriculture) to determine the U.S. corn stocks-to-use ratio. The Secretary shall recommend that EPA reduce the RFS, for traditional corn ethanol, for the following calendar year according to the calculated stocks to use ratio as directed. The Secretary of Agriculture shall share this request with Congress.

Gosar (AZ)


WITHDRAWN Cuts the authorization for the Department of Agriculture to implement a demonstration project (such as an app) that would allow food stamp recipients to use expensive smartphones (like an iPhone) to make their grocery purchases

Gosar (AZ)


Establishes parity among the fire-liability provisions in stewardship contracts by incorporating the liability provisions from timber contracts into integrated resource service contracts, companies are more likely to participate in the stewardship program, protecting communities and fostering healthy forests.

Graves, Tom (GA)


Ensures that corn growers who sell their crop for ethanol production may not receive farm payments. Prohibits a producer on a farm that sells corn, directly or through a third party, to an ethanol production facility from receiving any farm bill payments or benefits.

Grayson (FL)


Strikes Section 7215 repealing the ‘Red Meat Safety Research Center’ and reauthorizes the Center through 2018.

Griffith (VA)


Conveys a small parcel of National Forest System land in Pound, Virginia. The parcel, which is located in the Jefferson National Forest, is a family cemetery.

Grimm (NY), Gibson (NY), Bishop, Tim (NY)


REVISED Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a study and no later than 180 days after enactment report back to the relevant committees in the House and Senate and analysis of energy use in USDA facilities, a list of energy audits that have been conducted at USDA facilities, a list of energy efficiency projects that have been conducted at USDA facilities and a list of energy savings projects that could be achieved with additional mechanical insulation at USDA facilities.

Grimm (NY)


REVISED Amends Sec. 4016 by specifying that at least one such pilot program shall be conducted in a large urban area that administers its own SNAP program and otherwise complies with the pilot program requirements.

Hanna (NY), Pingree (ME), Kind (WI), Petri (WI)


Reduces by 15 percent the level of crop insurance premium subsidies for individual participants with an annual Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) over $750,000.

Hastings, Alcee (FL)


Improves federal coordination in addressing the documented decline of managed and native pollinators and promotes the long-term viability of honey bee, wild bees, and other beneficial insects in agriculture.

Herrera-Beutler (WA), Schrader (OR)


Codifies the EPA's longstanding silviculture rule. It protects federal, state, county, tribal, and private forest roads from costly permit requirements or other point source regulation along with litigation expenses and citizen suit liability.

Hinojosa (TX), Vela, Filemon (TX)


Changes the definition of rural for programs within the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act to be any area other than a city or town with a population of 30 thousand or more, or any urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to a city or town with a population of 30 thousand or more. It also grandfathers in any existing urbanized area currently eligible for a number of USDA rural programs and allows existing towns to petition to be considered rural in character if they meet a set of criteria (population density, economic conditions, chronic poverty, unemployment, commuting patterns).

Hudson (NC), LaMalfa (CA), Yoho, Ted (FL)


Allows states to conduct drug testing on SNAP applicants as a condition for receiving benefits.

Huelskamp (KS), Goodlatte (VA), Neugebauer (TX), Jordan (OH), DeSantis (FL), Stewart, Chris (UT), Bentivolio, (MI)


Creates additional work requirements for SNAP recipients and raises the total reduction in spending to $31 billion.

Huelskamp (KS)


Prohibits anyone who entered the US illegally after December 31, 1982 and has been granted amnesty from receiving SNAP benefits.

Huelskamp (KS)


Replaces the existing Nutrition Title (Title IV) with a block grant program.

Huffman (CA)


Establishes within the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service a weed resistance monitoring program for purposes of monitoring the evolution of herbicide-resistant weed populations.

Huizenga (MI)


Requires the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to conduct a study of sole-source contracts in Federal nutrition programs, and the effect such contracts have on program participation, program goals, non-program consumers, retailers, and free-market dynamics. The findings must be reported back to Congress within one year after the date of enactment of this act.

Jackson Lee (TX)


Establishes the sense of Congress that the Federal Government should increase business opportunities for small businesses, black farmers, women, and minority businesses.

Jackson Lee (TX)


Establishes the sense of Congress that the Federal Government should increase financial support provided to urban community gardens and victory gardens to heighten awareness of nutrition and self-sufficiency.

Jackson Lee (TX)


Establishes a sense of Congress regarding funding for nutrition programs for disabled and older Americans.

Jackson Lee (TX)


Sense of Congress that food items provided pursuant to the Federal school breakfast and school lunch program should be selected so as to reduce the incidence of juvenile obesity and to maximize nutritional value.

Johnson, Eddie Bernice (TX), Fattah (PA), Veasey, Marc (TX), Wilson (FL)


Authorizes of the Hunger-Free Communities Collaborative and Incentive Grants. The Hunger-Free Communities Program provides needed resources to local groups working to end hunger in their communities.

Johnson, Eddie Bernice (TX)


LATE Increases asset eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to $5,000. This limit would be in place for all households, including those households including elderly and disabled members.

Kaptur (OH)


Ensures states continue to receive the same assistance under the expanded Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

Kaptur (OH)


Requires that at least 50 percent of the funds made available for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program be reserved for seniors.

Kaptur (OH)


Strikes Section 4201 and replace it with a reauthorization of the existing Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

Kaptur (OH)


Authorizes a matching grant program to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by supplemental nutrition assistance program participants.

Kaptur (OH)


Requires the Secretary to submit an annual report on invasive species in the United States. The report is required to be made available to the public.

Kaptur (OH)


Prohibits retaliatory actions against livestock producers and poultry growers when they express opinions about unfairness in the marketplace to public officials.

Keating (MA), Markey, Edward (MA), Lynch (MA), McGovern (MA), Tierney (MA)


Directs the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture to conduct an economic analysis of the existing market for US Atlantic Spiny Dogfish.

Kildee (MI), Fudge (OH), Peters (MI), Ryan, Tim (OH), Jackson Lee (TX)


Brings healthy food to those with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables through a public-private partnership. It would increase funding for SNAP incentive programs for fresh fruits and vegetables by $5 million per year, which is offset by decreasing the adjusted gross income limit for certain Title I and Title II programs.

Kilmer (WA)


WITHDRAWN Establishes a Rural Broadband Pilot Program that would help create gigabit projects in rural communities, which will be overseen by the Secretary and will last through September 30, 2018.

Kind (WI), Blumenauer (OR), DeFazio (OR), Larson, John (CT)


Prohibits the USDA from sending payments to the Brazil Cotton Institute.

Kind (WI), Petri (WI), Blumenauer (OR), Conyers (MI), Cooper (TN), DeFazio (OR), Connolly (VA), DeLauro (CT), McGovern (MA), Radel, Trey (FL), Sensenbrenner (WI), Waxman (CA)


Limits premium subsidies to those producers with an AGI under $250,000 and limits per person premium subsidies to $50,000 and caps crop insurance providers’ reimbursement of administrative and operating at $900 million and reduces their rate of return to 12%. Introduces transparency into the crop insurance program.

Kingston (GA), Westmoreland (GA), Austin, Scott (GA)


Eliminates the payments for corn under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Kingston (GA)


Provides that if the improper payment rates for both the School Lunch and Breakfast programs are not reduced by any amount, then the funding for the Office of the Secretary (USDA) is reduced by the amount of the highest improper payment rate.

Kingston (GA), Austin, Scott (GA)


Raises the threshold for counting LIHEAP benefits as deductions for the purpose of calculating SNAP benefits from $20 to $100.

Kingston (GA), Westmoreland (GA), Austin, Scott (GA)


LATE Eliminates the provision that allows people to receive 113.6% of your normal (100%) SNAP benefits.

Kuster, Ann (NH)


Increases the cap for wildlife habitat funding within the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) from 5 percent to 10 percent.

Kuster, Ann (NH)


Increases the cap for wildlife habitat funding within the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) from 5 percent to 7.5 percent.

Kuster, Ann (NH)


Removes the five percent cap for wildlife habitat funding within the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and instead implements a five percent minimum.

Kuster, Ann (NH)


Eliminates lower annual and total payment limitations for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative and improves the ability of organic farmers to access the program. This puts the Organic Initiative payment limitations in line with all other EQIP initiatives.

LaMalfa (CA), Westmoreland (GA), Hudson (NC), Yoho, Ted (FL)


Severs the interaction between the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the SNAP standard utility allowance (SUA).

Lamborn (CO)


WITHDRAWN Establishes an aerial firefighting recapitalization pilot program.

Latta (OH), McClintock (CA)


Strikes section 10015 of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013.

Lee, Barbara (CA)


Sense of Congress that Congress should not pass any legislation which authorizes spending cuts that would increase hunger in the United States.

Lipinski (IL)


Adds urban farming projects to a list of grant eligible research initiatives to provide sustainable agricultural products to urban communities, and to prevent or eliminate food deserts.

Loebsack (IA)


Reinstates feasibility studies under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) in the Energy Title, Title IX.

Lowey (NY), DeFazio (OR), Blumenauer (OR), Pingree (ME), Polis (CO)


REVISED Amends Title X to require a report on USDA’s efforts to prevent unauthorized releases of genetically engineered materials, and strengthens gene containment standards for genetically engineered crop field trials based on 2005 USDA OIG audit recommendations to provide assurances to farmers and export markets.

Lucas (OK)


LATE REVISED Makes technical corrections to section 1412 and section 1435 resolving potential violations of clause 4 of rule XXI.

Lujan (NM)


Creates an economic development initiative for rural, Hispanic Community Land Grant-Mercedes.

Lujan (NM)


Allows small-scale Hispanic irrigators to be eligible EQIP funding.

Lujan Grisham, Michelle (NM), Sewell (AL)


LATE Restores funding for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers. Funds to offset the cost of restoring this funding ($35 million) would be raised through adjustments to the reference price for temperate japonica rice.

Maloney, Sean (NY)


LATE Strikes Sec. 4005 (the changes in Categorical Eligibility language) and amend Title IV Sec. 4007 to change the “heat and eat” number from $20 to $10.

Marino (PA)


REVISED Directs the Comptroller General to establish a pilot program within nine states using the data required to be reported for SNAP under the Food and Nutrition Act. After the pilot program ends, the Comptroller General shall determine whether item specific data purchased with SNAP benefits can be collected using existing reporting requirements, and how to improve current SNAP reporting.

Marino (PA)


Repeals the Repowering Assistance Program, which funds efforts to reduce or eliminate the use of fossil fuels.

Marino (PA)


Repeals the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program, which awards federal grants to educate fleet operators and the public on the benefits of using biodiesel fuels, instead of fossil fuels.

McClintock (CA)


Strikes Sec. 10003 – the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program. This duplicative program funds lessons on food preparation, promotions of locally-grown crops and advertising of farmers markets.

McGovern (MA), Wilson (FL), Grayson (FL), Meeks (NY), Chu (CA), Lee, Barbara (CA), Conyers (MI), Wasserman Schultz (FL), Deutch (FL), Esty (CT), Capuano (MA), Tsongas (MA), Fudge (OH), Cárdenas (CA), Langevin (RI), Doggett (TX), Ellison (MN), Welch (VT), DelBene (WA), Cicilline (RI), Doyle (PA), Bonamici (OR), Gallego (TX), Blumenauer (OR), Holt (NJ), Kennedy (MA), Horsford (NV), DeGette (CO), Courtney (CT), Pallone (NJ), Serrano (NY), Tonko (NY), Kilmer (WA), Pingree (ME), Hastings, Alcee (FL), Edwards (MD), DeFazio (OR), Cohen (TN), McDermott (WA), Brown, Corrine (FL), Clarke (NY), Veasey, Marc (TX), Green, Gene (TX), Johnson, Hank (GA), Norton (DC), Frankel (FL), Titus (NV), Pocan, Mark (WI), Sarbanes (MD), Davis, Danny K. (IL), Roybal-Allard (CA), Brady, Robert (PA), Lowenthal (CA), Lujan (NM), Crowley (NY), Matsui (CA), Beatty, (OH), Meng (NY), Waters (CA), Honda (CA), Green, Al (TX), Himes (CT), Bera, (CA), Huffman (CA), Engel (NY), Kuster, Ann (NH), O'Rourke (TX), Jeffries (NY), Rush (IL), Loebsack (IA), Castor (FL), Smith, Adam (WA)


REVISED Restores the $20.5 billion cuts in SNAP by offsetting the Farm Risk Management Election Program and the Supplemental Coverage Option.

McGovern (MA)


Provides that cuts in SNAP shall not take effect until the fraud rate in the crop insurance program are equal to the fraud rate in SNAP.

McKinley (WV)


Directs states to require anyone using SNAP benefits to present photo identification for all SNAP transactions. States will have 3 years to design and implement their own photo identification requirement programs.

McKinley (WV)


Allows synthetic gypsum to be recycled and used in agriculture for better crop yields; improving soil conditions; preventing runoff of fertilizers and other chemicals into waterways, as well as improving the ability to implement practices such as No-Till Farming.

McNerney (CA)


REVISED Establishes a five year pilot program allowing specialty crop growers to purchase crop insurance for losses resulting from a federal quarantine. Requires that any policy sold under the pilot program be actuarially sound.

Meadows (NC)


Waives NEPA requirements for timber cleanup projects on forest service land after a disaster.

Meehan (PA)


LATE Authorizes EPA to grant case-by-case hardship relief to a subset of refineries facing economic hardship as a result of the RFS program and the cost of RINs.

Meehan (PA), Lujan Grisham, Michelle (NM), Schakowsky (IL), Grimm (NY)


LATE Prohibits the slaughter of horses for human consumption and their transportation for such.

Messer, Luke (IN)


Ensures that increased oversight of the Restaurant Meals Program is achieved in the most cost-effective manner. Would require states to include, in a report that already is required by the bill, information on the cost and impact of security measures prescribed by the Secretary and recommendations for additional or alternative security enhancements to prevent fraud and ensure that only eligible recipients are participating in the program in the most cost effective manner.

Michaud (ME), Welch (VT), Owens (NY), Shea-Porter, Carol (NH), McIntyre (NC), O'Rourke (TX)


Reauthorizes through fiscal year 2018 the Northern Border Regional Commission, the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission, and the Southwest Border Regional Commission.

Moore, Gwen (WI)


REVISED Express a sense of Congress that opposition to the use of waiver authority by the Secretary to impose food restrictions on SNAP foods other than those set by Congress in federal law.

Moore, Gwen (WI)


Prevents the Secretary from approving state waivers to add restrictions to SNAP food purchases beyond those currently written in federal law until the evaluation required by the Healthy Incentives Program authorized by section 4141 of P.L. 110-246 has been publicly released.

Moore, Gwen (WI)


Requires the Secretary to certify, within 90 days, and annually after, to the adverse impact on the ability of families currently participating in the program to put food on the table because of the SNAP changes included in the bill. The Secretary must make this information and data publicly available.

Mulvaney (SC)


Sets the spending amount for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program at 2008 levels.

Murphy, Patrick (FL), O'Rourke (TX)


Requires the Department of Agriculture to adjust Agricultural Quarantine Inspection (AQI) fees on vessels entering the United Stated to cover the costs of performing agricultural quarantine and inspections of these vessels instead of drawing from Department of Homeland Security’s appropriated funds.

Negrete McLeod, Gloria (CA), Vargas, Juan (CA)


Ensures tribal governments are eligible for USDA housing programs as direct recipients of funding.

Negrete McLeod, Gloria (CA), Vargas, Juan (CA)


REVISED Authorizes a feasibility study to identify which federal food programs tribes have the capacity to administer on their own.

Neugebauer (TX), Vela, Filemon (TX)


LATE Makes fermentable sugar biomass crops eligible for payments under the Biomass Crop Assistance Program.

Neugebauer (TX)


LATE Repeals permanent farm law and ends every program within the bill after five years.

Palazzo (MS)


LATE Authorizes funding for the Agriculture Technology Innovation Partnership program that is already set up through USDA. The amendment would make authorize $500K for the pilot program.

Pearce (NM), Neugebauer (TX), Conaway (TX)


Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a study on current USDA programs related to the Lesser Prairie Chicken to analyze the economic impact and effectiveness of these programs.

Peters (MI), Kildee (MI)


Prioritizes the $10 million for the SNAP E&T Pilot program to economically hardest hit states, with an unemployment rate above the national average.

Peters, Scott (CA)


Gives parity to renewable chemicals and biobased product manufacturing under the energy title and the Biorefinery Assistance Program.

Petri (WI), DeLauro (CT), Kind (WI)


Places an annual cap at $50,000 for the total subsidy received by a farmer who participates in the Federal Crop Insurance Program and require the recipient to be “actively engaged” in farming in order to qualify for the subsidy.

Pierluisi (PR), Gabbard (HI), Hanabusa (HI), Faleomavaega (AS), Bordallo (GU)


REVISED Authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to use existing funds to acquire tropical forest land from willing sellers for the purpose of advancing tropical forest conservation and research in Hawaii and in the U.S. territories where such ecosystems are naturally located. Adds public outreach and educational opportunities to the mission of the existing U.S. Forest Service Tropical Forest Research Institutes.

Pingree (ME), Fortenberry (NE), Gibson (NY), McIntyre (NC)


Makes changes to multiple existing USDA programs that support development of a local and regional food system.

Pitts (PA), Davis, Danny K. (IL), Goodlatte (VA), Blumenauer (OR)


Reforms the Federal sugar program, and for other purposes.

Polis (CO), Blumenauer (OR), Massie (KY)


Allows institutions of higher education to grow or cultivate industrial hemp for the purpose of agricultural or academic research. The provision only applies to states that already permit industrial hemp growth and cultivation under state law.

Polis (CO), Napolitano (CA)


Would help the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) streamline forest management decisions to treat insect infestations on public lands so that USFS can better protect our natural resources and critical infrastructure while reducing the fuel loads that contribute to wildfires. Adds to the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 and directs the USFS to designate and treat at least one subwatersheds on at least one National Forest in each state that is experiencing insect epidemics or diseases that impair forest health.

Polis (CO)


LATE WITHDRAWN Restricts supplemental nutrition assistance benefits for purchase of soda.

Pompeo (KS)


Minimizes the impact of Endangered Species listing on agricultural lands by requiring that all affected agricultural land be identified, and landowners provided actual notice and a description of options available to appeal or obtain compensation for the listing, before any action is taken to list a species or designate habitat under the Endangered Species Act.

Radel, Trey (FL)


Repeals the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center.

Rangel (NY)


LATE Allow export of agriculture products to Cuba.

Reed (NY)


Makes technical changes to Section 4015 regarding data exchange standardization for improved operability

Reed (NY)


Allows states to require SNAP approved retailers to require photographic identification for households using electronic benefit cards to perform a transaction.

Reed (NY)


Ends eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for convicted violent rapists, pedophiles and murderers after enactment into law.

Ribble (WI), Courtney (CT), Hanna (NY), DeFazio (OR)


Provides mandatory funding for the National Organic Program and the Organic Production and Market Data Initiatives.

Ribble (WI), Courtney (CT), Hanna (NY), DeFazio (OR)


LATE WITHDRAWN Provides mandatory funding for the National Organic Program and the Organic Production and Market Data Initiatives. It is offset by reducing the target price for japonica rice.

Rice, Tom (SC)


Reauthorizes Pasture Based Beef Systems for the Appalachia Research Initiative.

Richmond (LA)


Delays Sec. 207 of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 for three years.

Ross (FL), Rooney (FL)


REVISED Expresses the sense of Congress that agricultural nutrients and chemicals play an important role in the production of American agriculture. Also expresses the sense of Congress that the Department of Agriculture should coordinate with the Department of Homeland Security in the development of regulations and procedures for handling these agricultural chemicals.

Ross (FL)


LATE Allows Skyview subdivision to meet the requirements of the USDA Rural Development grant for water and waste disposal.

Royce (CA), Engel (NY)


Reforms U.S. international food aid to allow for not more than 45 percent of authorized funds to be used for assistance other than U.S. agricultural commodities, yielding $215 million in annual efficiency savings, enabling the U.S. to reach an additional 4 million disaster victims. Curtails practice of “monetization” which, according to the GAO, is inefficient and led to a loss of $219 million over three years. Reductions in mandatory spending result in $150 million in deficit reduction over the life of the bill.

Ruiz, Raul (CA)


Amends the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program to add designated Health Professional Shortage Areas as a priority in awarding funding.

Ruiz, Raul (CA), Gosar (AZ)


Extends the definition of “rural” to determine eligibility for rural housing programs to rural communities with a population that does not exceed 35,000 until the 2020 census; gives the Secretary of Agriculture the authority to extend rural eligibility to communities that are rural in character, have populations in excess of 35,000 but less than 50,000, lack access to mortgage credit and affordable housing, and could also be classified as rural if a significant portion of their workforce is employed in agriculture.

Sanford (SC)


LATE WITHDRAWN Repeals the Market Access Program (MAP), which spends taxpayers' dollars on advertising and promotion for private companies and trade associations.

Schock (IL)


Includes pennycress as a research and development priority at the Risk Management Agency.

Schweikert (AZ)


LATE Strikes the Health Food Financing Initiative.

Austin, Scott (GA), Yoho, Ted (FL)


REVISED Creates a lifetime ban on SNAP benefits for anyone convicted of a drug-related felony, rape, murder, felony-robbery, or treason. Allows states to opt-in/opt-out of the lifetime ban to a minimum of a five (5) year ban.

Austin, Scott (GA), Schrader (OR)


Mandates the Secretary of Agriculture to consult with the Secretary of Labor to ensure that producers of perishable commodities are afforded a transparent and equitable process related to the labor disputes.

Austin, Scott (GA), Scott, David (GA)


REVISED Creates a competitive research and extension grant program to study the feasibility of telecommunication technologies in promoting healthy behavior change and long-term weight maintenance among children.

Shea-Porter, Carol (NH)


REVISED Directs the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation of the Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency to offer organic price elections for all organic crops produced in compliance with standards issued by the Department of Agriculture that reflects actual prices received for such crops using all relevant sources of information by the 2015 reinsurance year.

Sinema, Kyrsten (AZ), LaMalfa (CA)


REVISED Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to provide technical assistance to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on identifying produce marked with a trademark in violation of federal trademark law. Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to provide Congress with a report on produce marked with trademarks in violation of federal trademark law.

Sinema, Kyrsten (AZ), LaMalfa (CA)


REVISED Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to provide technical assistance to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on identifying produce claiming to be made in the United States when in fact it is not. Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to provide Congress with a report on produce represented as grown in the United States when in fact it was not.

Slaughter (NY), Polis (CO)


Reauthorizes the Research and Education Grants for the Study of Antibiotic Research program through 2018; it does not explicitly authorize or appropriate any funds. Reauthorization ensures that research into antibiotic-resistant bacteria remains a priority of NIFA and that NIFA retains the flexibility to fund the best research proposals on a competitive basis.

Southerland (FL), Westmoreland (GA), Kingston (GA), Bentivolio, (MI), Schweikert (AZ)


Applies federal welfare work requirements to the food stamp program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, at state option.

Speier (CA), Vargas, Juan (CA), McCollum (MN)


Amends the definition of "disabled" in the bill to include veterans who have a pending claim for compensation, for a service-connected disability, for which the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has not yet provided a determination.

Speier (CA), Kind (WI), DeLauro (CT), Schweikert (AZ)


Amends the Federal Crop Insurance program to require disclosure of the names of recipients of federal crop insurance premium subsidies in the public interest. Requires the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make such names publically available on an annual basis.

Stutzman (IN)


SUBSTITUTE Replaces the entire text of the underlying bill with Titles 1 through 3 and 5 through 12 of H.R 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 to separately consider farm and nutrition related titles.

Stutzman (IN)


Strikes Title IV (Nutrition) from the underlying bill to provide for separate consideration of titles relating to farm and nutrition policy.

Takano, Mark (CA), Markey, Edward (MA)


Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to report to Congress on the economic implications for consumers, fishermen, and aquaculturists of fraud and mislabeling in wild and farmed seafood.

Thompson, Mike (CA), Fortenberry (NE)


Require a conservation compliance plan be filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and followed for all crops in wetlands and all annually tilled crops on highly erodible lands in order to qualify for crop insurance premium subsidy assistance.

Thompson, Bennie (MS)


Allows USDA to continue to provide scholarships and fellowships to students at 1890 Land Grant Universities, 1994 Land Grant Universities, and Hispanic Serving Institutions which will be lost due to OPM’s recently implemented “Pathways Program” program. The Final Rule issued by the Office of Personnel Management requires that recent graduates of participating Colleges and Universities apply for Federal Positions under the newly created Schedule D noncompetitive excepted service effective July 10, 2012, effectively eliminating the USDA’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach National Scholars Program.

Thompson, Bennie (MS)


Makes the ownership eligibility requirement for Wetland Reserve Program equal to other conservation programs by returning the 7-year ownership rule to 1 year, eliminates a percentage of the funds dedicated for Wetland Reserve Programs agricultural easements, and allows owners of land capability classes IV - VIII, with subclass designation w, from the Wetlands Reserve county/parish caps.

Thompson, Bennie (MS)


Allows at least 5 percent of the funding of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to be dedicated to wildlife practices, allows the current brand recognition of the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program to be continued, allow states to strategically plan which wildlife practices should be emphasized and where they should be implemented, and allows the Secretary to make payments to state and local governments to enroll land that is riparian to, or submerged under, a water body or wetland if the Secretary determines that the inclusion of the land would support the restoration, development, and improvement of wildlife habitat.

Thompson, Bennie (MS)


Allows the Healthy Forest Reserve Program to be a participating program of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

Thompson, Glenn (PA)


Requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consult with and utilize data provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) with regard to water quality and nutrient management relating to ongoing modeling for the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Includes EPA’s ongoing implementation of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

Thompson, Glenn (PA)


Grants authority to each Forest Service regional forester to allocate up to ten percent of timber profits from a timber contract project for the purpose of environmental studies related to the administration of timber marking and harvesting within the forest of origin. These dollars will be used for covering existing environmental regulation involving timber harvesting.

Thompson, Glenn (PA)


Requires the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to provide data and consultation to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with regard to water quality and nutrient management relating to ongoing modeling for the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including EPA’s ongoing implementation of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

Tierney (MA), Keating (MA), Markey, Edward (MA), Lynch (MA), Bishop, Tim (NY), Shea-Porter, Carol (NH)


Allows commercial fishermen to be eligible recipients of the Emergency Disaster Loan program

Tipton (CO), Coffman (CO), Gardner (CO), Lamborn (CO)


Establishes a program providing the US Forest Service a large airtanker and aerial asset lease program.

Titus (NV)


Continues USDA’s Hunger-Free Communities grant program, which has been included in the Senate Farm Bill. The program was created to foster collaborative public-private partnership efforts at the community level to root out and address the causes of hunger and help increase community access to nutritious foods.

Titus (NV)


Creates a five-year pilot program, Weekends Without Hunger, to help prevent at-risk school children from going hungry when they are not in school. It would help local organizations establish backpack programs to provide nutritious food to children on the weekends and school holidays during the school year.

Turner (OH), Chabot (OH), Fudge (OH), Beatty, (OH)


Adds a sense of the Congress in support of improving agricultural research and education through a USDA land grant program.

Vargas, Juan (CA), Negrete McLeod, Gloria (CA), Fudge (OH)


REVISED Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to post on the Department of Agriculture website the number of individuals, families, children, veterans, and seniors that lose SNAP benefit nationally, by state, and by Congressional district, as a result of the changes made to the SNAP program by FARRM Act. The amendment also authorizes an appropriation for this purpose.

Velázquez (NY)


LATE Directs USDA to coordinate opportunities for urban agriculture.

Velázquez (NY)


LATE Directs USDA to give consideration of the circumstances of urban farmers when carrying out certain programs.

Velázquez (NY)


LATE Directs USDA to develop policies and programs in the Cooperative Extension Program to benefit urban farmers.

Wagner, Ann (MO), Blackburn (TN), Walberg (MI)


REVISED Extends the lifetime ban on SNAP benefits to other dangerous felons, specifically convicted violent rapists, pedophiles, and murderers. Disallows States from opting out or modifying this ban so that dangerous sex offenders and murders cannot receive taxpayer-funded food stamps.

Walberg (MI)


Strikes the authorization of funds for NOAA weather radio transmitter grants.

Walberg (MI)


Strikes the addition of “temperate japonica rice” to the list of covered crops under the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program

Walberg (MI)


Strikes the addition of “natural stone” to the list of commodity products that can petition the USDA for the issuance of a promotion and research order.

Walorski, Jackie (IN)


Continues the prohibition on the Christmas tree tax by striking the section of the bill that lifts the stay on the tax.

Welch (VT)


LATE Removes term limits on USDA guaranteed farm operating loans.

Whitfield (KY), Cohen (TN), Pitts (PA), DeFazio (OR), Doyle (PA), LoBiondo (NJ)


REVISED Amends the Horse Protection Act of 1970 to direct USDA to license, train, and assign people who voluntarily can be hired by event managers to inspect horses at Tennessee Walking Horse, Racking Horse, and Spotted Saddle Horse shows for evidence of soring. This system will replace the system of industry self-policing managed by USDA in the past.

Wittman (VA)


Provides performance based measures, including crosscut budgeting, adaptive management and an Independent Evaluator, to assure federal dollars currently spent on Bay restoration activities produce results.

Young, Don (AK), Cole (OK)


Grants the Secretary of Agriculture authority to permit the donation, preparation, and consumption of traditional Native food in public facilities primarily serving Alaska Natives and American Indians, as long as specific food safety requirements are met.