The Farm Bill is a federal law that governs an array of agriculture and food programs, including SNAP; it is passed every five years with the current bill expiring in September 2018.

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball has announced a series of state-sponsored Farm Bill Listening Tours. These sessions are being hosted jointly by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). What is learned during this tour will be provided to Governor Cuomo to help develop New York’s Farm Bill Priorities for critical funding and policy changes in the areas of agriculture, nutrition, and the environment.

The next listening session is scheduled to take place on Monday, October 23 at 1 p.m. at the Morrisville State College, Hospitality Suite, Athletic Stadium. Participants can RSVP for the Morrisville session here. Additional sessions will be announced and held across the state throughout October.  The tour began with the first session on October 2 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.  Written comments can be submitted throughout the tour by emailing

House Agriculture Committee Announces Farm Bill Listening Session in Cobleskill NY

House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN-7) have announced a listening session at SUNY Cobleskill on Monday, October 9th at 10:00am on the upcoming Farm Bill. The session is scheduled to take place in Representative John Faso’s Congressional District; Rep. Faso serves on the House Agriculture Committee and is also a member of the Nutrition Subcommittee. This event provides those with an interest in SNAP to make their priorities and experiences known to the committee’s leadership. Upon arrival at the event, those wishing to speak can sign up and will be given up to 2 minutes to deliver remarks.  Stay tuned to the House Agriculture Committee website for further details.