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On this episode of the AEI Events Podcast, AEI hosts House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) to discuss the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Chairman Conaway highlighted work as a vital antipoverty measure. He discussed proposed reforms to SNAP that seek to encourage and reward employment through measures such as work requirements for working-age, able-bodied adult recipients. Following the chairman’s remarks, an expert panel offered their analysis of the bill.

On this episode of the AEI Event Podcast, four leading agricultural policy experts gather to discuss the farm bill proposal for 2018 and assess the bill’s implications in the context of current and proposed changes to farm subsidy and price support programs.

First Barry Goodwin, a professor at North Carolina State University, spoke about the changes to Title I programs in the new farm bill. He believes that the rhetoric of the proposed changes does not match the economic facts.

This week on Banter, AEI Visiting Scholar and Director of Agriculture Studies Vincent Smith joined the show to discuss the history of US agriculture policy and provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill, including farm subsidies and SNAP work requirement measures. Dr. Smith is a Professor of Economics in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Montana State University and co-director of MSU’s Agricultural Marketing Policy Center. He hosted a public event at AEI on the 2018 Farm Bill including what it means for the future of farm subsidies and US agriculture productivity.  You can watch the full event video at the link below.

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In this AEI Events Podcast, agriculture experts Vince Smith and Philip Pardey discuss their new report on the benefit from research and development (R&D) funding in the US Farm Bill. Farm bill dollars dedicated to food and agricultural R&D expand the overall size of the agricultural pie to benefit not only innovative farmers and agribusinesses but also taxpaying consumers who foot the bill. The authors explain how productivity growth induced by publicly funded R&D investments lowers costs of production and the price of food. They concluded by arguing that the economically sensible strategy is to cut back on wasteful farm bill spending and instead significantly increase funding for public investments in agricultural R&D.

The share of US Department of Agriculture (USDA) spending directed to food and agricultural research and development (R&D) has fallen dramatically to less than 3 percent of the agency’s total budget in fiscal year 2017. As a consequence of these shifts in USDA spending priorities, the US has lost significant global R&D ground with large agricultural economies.

On this AEI Events Podcast, AEI hosts a conversation with experts on agriculture and the environment in 2018. The discussion centered around new papers in AEI’s “<a href=”http://www.aei.org/spotlight/agricultural-policy-in-disarray/”>Agricultural Policy in Disarray</a>” paper series. Erik Lichtenberg, a professor at University of Maryland, presented his report on conservation programs. He argues that reform of funding allocation mechanisms is needed to improve the efficiency of conservation funding.

Next, Nathan Hendricks from Kansas State University discussed his findings on the debates between agricultural and environmental interests about the Clean Water Rule. He advocated for pursuing market solutions in which parties causing the damages agree to a transaction that improves water quality and clearly defining the property rights for agricultural nonpoint emissions.