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Oh, SNAP! Maryland Federal Court Judge Enters Summary Judgment Against Baltimore Food Stamp Retailer Without Permitting Any Discovery

In a highly unusual decision, a Federal District Court judge in Maryland granted summary judgment in a food stamp licensing appeal brought by a Baltimore convenience store without permitting the retailer to conduct any discovery whatsoever.  In Nega…

John Block: Creativity

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block If we are anything in this country, we are creative – from the Internet, to GPS driving my tractor while planting corn. Did you know that Goodyear Tire Company is now using soybean oil to make their tires? If…

Variety May Be the Spice of Life, But Not as Much as the Food and Nutrition Service Would Like in the Food Stamp Program

Congress Bars FNS from Enforcing Portions of its Enhancing Retailer Standards in SNAP Final Rule Federal agencies are viewed by many as possessing immense power over regulated businesses.  This is especially true at the Food and Nutrition Service (…

SNAP Retailers Beware: FNS Wants to Take Away Your SNAP Authorization

Virtually all grocery stores, convenience stores, and supermarkets sell hot foods.  Nearly all sell cold prepared foods as well.  Most of the more than 260,000 retail food stores authorized by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (“FNS”) to acce…

John Block: Budget

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Back in March, President Trump gave us a look at his budget plan. Although without much detail, it made clear to us that one of his highest priorities was to downsize the federal government. And, he would do tha…

John Block: Two Issues

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I have two issues to put forward today. They aren’t related, but we are going to have more discussion about each of them this year. President Trump tells us he will put forth a tax reform plan with tax cuts. S…

SNAP Wars: Scott Walker, Tom Vilsack and Drug Testing of SNAP Beneficiaries

For more than 20 years, Federal law has expressly provided that states may test welfare recipients for use of controlled substances free from interference of federal agencies. 21 U.S.C. §862(b).  Relying upon this Congressional enactment, Wisconsin…

FNS Agrees To (Finally) Start Publishing SNAP Retailer Final Agency Decisions

In a major victory for supermarkets, convenience stores, and other Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retailers, the U.S. Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has finally agreed to start publishing its administrative Final Agency Decisions…

Oh, SNAP! Connecticut Judge Affirms Permanent Disqualification of New Haven Grocery

The U.S. Food and Nutrition Service (“FNS”) administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”).  Formerly known as “food stamps,” this important federal nutrition benefit program serves over 45 million Americans by increa…

SNAP, Crackle, Pot! Kentucky Federal Court Holds FNS Cannot Deny a Retailer’s Food Stamp Authorization for Misdemeanor Marijuana Conviction

USDA’s Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) is authorized to administer the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”).  This $80 billion program, formerly known as the food stamp program, provides monthly supplemental nutrition benefits…

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