American Farmers Feed the World Act and American Agri-Women Farm Bill Priorities
**Lawmakers have introduced the American Farmers Feed the World Act of 2023.
The bipartisan legislation aims to restore the original intent of the Food for Peace program without spending additional Farm Bill resources, all while safeguarding the interests of U.S. farmers.
U.S. Wheat Associates Director of Trade Policy, Peter
Laudeman says, the reforms will ensure that more food gets to more people in need throughout the world, without spending any additional resources.
**The American Agri-Women released their vision for what’s important in the 2023 Farm Bill.
AAW President Heather Hampton-Knodle (Kuh-NO-dle) says, the group’s recent work builds on concepts like well-funded, flexible crop insurance and revitalizing research infrastructure.
They also include access to markets and inputs and credit to help pay for exponential increases in inputs and equipment, and modernizing aging utilities for water and underserved telecommunications in rural areas.
**Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA is providing $2.7 billion to support American farmers, students participating in school meal programs, and emergency food operations.
Almost $1.3 billion goes to states to purchase foods to be distributed to schools, and almost $1 billion for states to order commodities from USDA vendors for emergency food providers.
Those emergency providers include food banks and community kitchens that face high demand and supply chain disruptions.