Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today released the following statement from NGA President and CEO Peter Larkin regarding the House Agriculture Committee’s release of the 2018 Farm Bill:
“We applaud Chairman Conaway and the House Agriculture Committee for taking this important first step in reauthorizing the Farm Bill. America’s independent supermarket operators are an essential stakeholder in the federal government’s largest safety net program. As the Farm Bill process plays out, we encourage Members of Congress to preserve the strong public-private partnership between retailers and the federal government that has made the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) a success by continuing to oppose new fees, reporting mandates or other costly administrative burdens on retailers. The Agriculture Committees have done a lot of initial work up front and we look forward to continuing to work with stakeholders in both the House and Senate to ensure the voice of the independent supermarket industry is represented.”
The supermarket industry held its annual fly-in yesterday, where more than 200 grocers and wholesalers held meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Among the top policy priorities discussed were SNAP provisions within the 2018 Farm Bill.
Additional Media Resources:
• Read more about the annual supermarket industry fly-in, click HERE.
• To view photos of the annual supermarket industry fly-in, click HERE.
• To read a recent blog post on the Farm Bill, click HERE.