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I am proud to serve as Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations.  The subcommittee has jurisdiction over policies and statutes relating to nutrition, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) and domestic commodity distribution, and consumer initiatives.

While management of farm programs is certainly an important area of focus, 65% of the matters dealt with by the Committee are nutrition-based, such as regulation and oversight of programs that fund in-school meals and emergency food providers. As a member of the Agriculture Committee, I am committed to increasing access to healthy foods, eliminating food deserts, and protecting safety net programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Rep. Fudge's Agriculture Achievements for the 116th Congress

Family Poverty is Not Child Neglect Act (H.R. 2535) - This bill ensures child protective service agencies will never again allow children to be separated from their parents based upon their poverty level.  The bill language was included in the overall Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (H.R. 2480) that passed the House on May 20, 2019.

Farm to School Act (H.R. 3562) - The bill provides increased funding for the USDA Farm to School Grant Program, from $5 to $15 million, and increases the individual grant award maximum to $250,000. It ensures prioritization of grant applications that engage beginning, veteran and socially disadvantaged farmers, and serve diverse and high-need student populations. 

Proposed Rule on Able-bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWD) - On February 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a proposed rule to limit states’ ability to request a waiver of the ABAWD time limit and reduce the carryover of ABAWD percentage exemptions to a one-year lookback.  In response to this proposed rule, Rep. Fudge promptly sent a letter urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to extend the comment period on USDA’s proposal to further restrict the eligibility of able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) to receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  To read the letter, click here

Rep. Fudge's Ongoing Agriculture Initiatives 

Seasonal High Tunnel Program (Hoop Houses) - In 2012 the Congresswoman started this initiative in collaboration with Ohio USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Ohio State University Extension.  The purpose of this initiative is to help OH-11 residents grow fresh food in an environmentally friendly manner for up to 9-12 months a year; effectively extending the growing season by 3-4 months, meet the nutritional needs of residents; improve neighborhoods, increase employment as well entrepreneurial opportunities and to assist in eradicating “food desert,” areas with limited access to nutritious food near their homes. Since 2012, over 100 Seasonal High Tunnels have been erected in Ohio’s Eleventh Congressional District.

Center for Nutrition Policy & Protection

Food Safety & Inspection Service

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

United States Department of Agriculture

United States House Committee on Agriculture