The Department of Agriculture will host at least nine more webinars and listening sessions as it moves ahead with farm bill implementation. The first such listening session last week focused on conservation and dairy issues as stakeholders called for speedy action on both subjects. Next week, USDA will host three webinars: one March 13 on hemp production and the farm bill language concerning it, one March 13 on The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and a March 14 chat on Rural Development programs. The following week, USDA will host another five sessions: A March 19 webinar on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); two sessions on March 21 will discuss Research, Education, and Economics programming as well as Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service items; two more discussions will be held the next day, when officials hear about Natural Resources and Environment provisions as well as Trade and Foreign Ag Affairs programs included in the farm bill. Things are scheduled to conclude with a March 28 teleconference on the Federal Swine Eradication and Control Program. More information about the events can be found here.
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