Topics: Department of Agriculture (USDA)

USDA Accepting Applications for Matching Grants Under Higher Blends Infrastructure Investment Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture launched an online portal to begin accepting applications for the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) grants. More

NATSO Analysis: USDA Grants for Renewable Fuel Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to award up to $100 million in competitive grants to expand the sale and use of renewable fuels, including biodiesel. Under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, USDA will award $14 million to expand the infrastructure for higher blends of biodiesel and $86 million for higher blends of ethanol in an effort to increase the sale and use of higher blend renewable fuels.  More

Congress Delays Compliance Date for New SNAP Rules; Revised Rules Coming

Congress has passed and President Trump has signed legislation containing a provision requiring the Department of Agriculture to rewrite a provision of the SNAP retailer eligibility rule issued in late 2016. That rule's new requirements, which were scheduled to take effect on May 17, 2017, will now be delayed until the Department of Agriculture can rewrite them to comport with Congress's new directives. More

New SNAP Retailer Regulations Released -- USDA Accommodates Many Truckstop Industry Concerns

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released final regulations governing retailer eligibility for redeeming Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The final rules accept many of the arguments that NATSO has made throughout the rulemaking process, both in comments filed with USDA as well as in testimony before the House Agriculture Committee. More

NATSO Meets With OMB to Discuss Pending SNAP Retailer Eligibility Rule

NATSO met with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Nov. 18 to discuss the Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) proposed regulation regarding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as "food stamps") retailer eligibility requirements. The proposed regulation, which is expected to be finalized in a revised form before the end of the year, would functionally prohibit the convenience stores located within travel plazas from redeeming SNAP benefits. More

USDA Proposes New Requirements for SNAP Retailers Members Only Join or Login

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a proposed rule Feb. 16 that would make it far more difficult for NATSO members to redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamp) benefits. More

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