You are invited to join the newly formed SSAWG Policy Working group for our monthly conference call on Wednesday December 11, 2013 at 11am/10am CT to discuss the latest developments on the Farm Bill. Invited as guest speakers are Shavaun Evans, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator and Sarah Hackney Grassroots Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. The toll free call-in number is 800-977-8002, with participant code 577467#.
Our partners, Shavaun and Sarah, along with other policy staff at the National Sustainable Agriculture Network (NSAC) are in Washington D.C. to follow all the twists and turns in the path of the Farm Bill. "There has been little noise coming from the big budget deal conferees in the past few days." The next steps are coming up with the full budget number for the current fiscal year (FY 2014), which will set up the work on all final bills and hopefully put in place a sound budget to avoid sequestration.
It is unclear how agricultural appropriations will look for this year, especially if the worst case scenario plays out. Policy folks at NSAC say, "the commodity program and farm bill conservation program spending will also take another seven percent hit" if we go into sequestration. Follow up to the hour updates on their website HERE.