S.679: Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013

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Sponsor Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio
Total Cosponsors 20 (18 Democrats, 2 Independents)
Introduced April 9, 2013
Latest Major Action April 9, 2013
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Bill Summary

Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 - Amends the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 regarding the supplemental food assistance program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program) to include as a retail store an agricultural producer marketing agricultural products directly to consumers.

Requires participating retailers to pay 100% of the costs of acquiring, and arranging for the implementation of, electronic benefit transfer (EBT) point-of-sale equipment and supplies. Allows exemptions, including for farmers' markets, direct farmer-to-consumer marketing outlets, military commissaries, nonprofit food buying cooperatives, and group living arrangements. Ends manual vouchers, except as necessary.

Establishes a pilot program to test mobile technologies for SNAP transactions.

Permits using benefits to purchase a community-supported agriculture share.

Provides for a five-state grant pilot program to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables for ...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
April 9, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.