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NATSO Writes USDA Opposing Changes to SNAP Application Form

June 4, 2018

NATSO Writes USDA Opposing Changes to SNAP Application Form

NATSO has written a letter to the Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging the agency to reconsider proposed changes to the application form that retailers must submit to redeem SNAP benefits.  The proposed updates to the form included specific references to sales data of particular product categories (such as tobacco and alcohol). NATSO's letter expressed concern that USDA is requiring retailers to provide more information than is necessary, and urged USDA to revise the form to avoid dissuading travel centers from participating in SNAP.

NATSO Urges Agriculture Department to Revise SNAP Rule

May 23, 2016

NATSO Urges Agriculture Department to Revise SNAP Rule

NATSO told the Department of Agriculture that its recently proposed rule regarding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will negatively impact travel plazas that redeem SNAP benefits, and their customers, and should be substantially revised before it is finalized.

USDA Extends SNAP Comment Period

April 4, 2016

USDA Extends SNAP Comment Period

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on April 1 announced a 30-day extension to the comment period on its proposed rule that would make it harder for NATSO members to redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamp) benefits. Comments are now due by May 18.

Under Fire from Lawmakers, USDA Begins to Walk Back SNAP Proposal

March 18, 2016

Under Fire from Lawmakers, USDA Begins to Walk Back SNAP Proposal

Members of the House Agriculture Committee last week raised concerns with the head of the Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), which implements the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as "food stamps"), over a recent proposed rule that would make it virtually impossible for most travel centers and convenience stores to redeem SNAP benefits. Many lawmakers brought up the same concerns that NATSO has expressed, and FNS officials acknowledged that the proposal has flaws and needs to be improved.

NATSO Meets With USDA on SNAP; Proposed Regulations Expected Shortly

January 15, 2016

NATSO Meets With USDA on SNAP; Proposed Regulations Expected Shortly

NATSO recently met with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to discuss an impending rulemaking that will enhance the regulatory obligations that retailers -- particularly travel plazas and convenience stores -- must meet to redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

USDA Issues Proposed Regulations on SNAP Program and Dietary Guidelines

January 8, 2016

USDA Issues Proposed Regulations on SNAP Program and Dietary Guidelines

The Obama Administration released new advice about what Americans should eat to stay healthy, as well as a proposed regulation related to the use of photo identification requirements on Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards used for the redemption of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps.

USDA Awards $100 M for E-15 Pumps

September 11, 2015

USDA Awards $100 M for E-15 Pumps

Twenty-one states will receive grants through the $100 million Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to help fund E-15 infrastructure for 5,000 pumps at 1,400 gasoline retail stations.