144. Future Farm Bills: Is It Time to Advocate Beyond Nutrition?

Tuesday, October 29
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Grand Ballroom B
CE: 1.5
Level 3 – Advanced
Activity Code: 149654

The Academy has a proud history of advocating for food and nutrition programs included in the nation’s farm bills. Efforts to increase access to food and support for nutrition education have been the cornerstones of the Academy’s recent and historical farm bill stances. Some critics have suggested that the implications of policies within the Agriculture titles require an equal level of consideration. This session will explore the link between Agriculture policy on health outcomes including those related to crop subsidies, sustainability and climate change. Policy considerations for future farm bills will be described by the expert panelists.

Learning Objectives:

  • Outline the sections of the farm bill and describe the nutrition programs for which the Academy advocates and the role of RDN and NDTR in their administration
  • Interpret the impact of agricultural policy from two unique viewpoints — economics and health outcomes and how these policy influence global efforts addressing undernutrition, overnutrition and climate change
  • Suggest policy changes that bridge agriculture with food and nutrition programs and the barriers or challenges to their acceptance across multiple sectors

Learning Need Codes:

  • 8018 Environmental, agricultural, and technologic influences on food systems
  • 1080 Legislation, public policy
  • 4080 Government-funded Food & Nutrition Programs

Performance Indicator:

  • 12.1.4 Influences legislation, regulation, and policy changes to impact nutrition in the community.
  • 3.2.7 Contributes to the development and revision of government policies.
  • 8.1.2 Applies knowledge of food and nutrition as well as the biological, physical and social sciences in practice.


  • Patty Keane, MS, RDN

    Associate Scientist, Lecturer

    UNM Prevention Research Center

  • Speaker(s)

  • Sonny Ramaswamy, PhD

    President and CEO

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

  • Karen Ehrens, RD, LRD

    Health, nutrition & policy consultant & advocate

    Ehrens Consulting