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The Academy's Nutrition Care Manual is a comprehensive online resource that covers all aspects of nutrition management. NCM’s user-friendly resources include:

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Farm Bill Implementation Means Opportunities for RDNs and DTRs

The Farm Bill, which provides authorization and funding for many nutrition programs, requires the U.S. Department of Agriculture to flesh out many of the details for these programs and grant opportunities. USDA is in the midst of holding listening sessions on 12 areas of Farm Bill implementation over the next two weeks. The Academy has attended three sessions that discussed programs that offer future opportunities for to registered dietitian nutritionists and dietetic technicians, registered.

The listening sessions focused on local and regional food systems; research, education and economics; and food, nutrition and consumer service. There are several new nutrition program opportunities in the Farm Bill, including those listed below. USDA provided a general framework and timeline on how it intends to implement the provisions in the recently passed Farm Bill.

  • Food Insecurity Pilot: This new program provides $100 million over five years to improve food insecurity and increase consumption of fruits and vegetables. It will be a joint venture between the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Food and Nutrition and Consumer Service, both within USDA. The request for application release date is expected in the summer.
  • Community Foods Program: This program improves access to food as part of a comprehensive service and increase efficacy of food systems. Applications are being accepted for this program.
  • SNAP Benefits for CSA: In the future, SNAP benefits will be able to be used for community supported agriculture (CSA) shares. When USDA releases guidance on this effort, the Academy will notify members.
  • Healthy Foods Financing Initiative: The objective of this program is to improve food access to underserved communities. USDA noted it will be requesting input on how best to implement this initiative.
  • Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research: A foundation is being established to fund research activities focused on key problems of national and international significance, such as plant and animal health, production and products; food safety, nutrition and health; renewable energy, natural resources and environment; and agriculture systems and technology. The Board of Directors will be chosen in the summer.
  • Unprocessed Fruit and Vegetable Pilot: Up to eight states may have the opportunity to take part in a pilot fruit and vegetable procurement program. Priority will be give to states that have established farm-to-school programs.

The Academy will monitor these initiatives and communicate pertinent details about opportunities as this massive legislation is implemented.

See how the Academy's Farm Bill recommendations fared.

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