American Agriculture Needs a Strong Farm Bill, Draft House Bill Doesn’t Deliver
Protect Family Farmers and Rural Communities in This Year's Farm Bill
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition urges Congress to develop a bipartisan bill
Washington, DC, April 12, 2018 – Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) introduced his draft of the 2018 Farm Bill – the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2). In response, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition issued the following comments.
Why Should Southern Farmers Care About the Farm Bill?
Be a part of a new coalition of over seventy-five food and farm organizations opposing H.R. 4879/3599, legislation that would wipe out virtually any state or local law that promotes family farm products or protects rural communities from large agribusinesses.
Time for Action! FY18 Ag Appropriations
It’s Farm Bill time and the South needs to pay attention. About every five years Congress addresses a myriad of farm, food and nutrition issues in the Farm Bill. This includes everything from crop insurance, conservation and agricultural research to food stamps and farmer’s market programs, many of which stand to make the food and farm system more sustainable. Things like the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, SNAP benefits at farmers markets, and other programs that support equitable, local and organic food production. So why should we be so concerned about the Farm Bill in the South?
The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2017
This is our FINAL opportunity to weigh in on agriculture appropriations to make the pitch for National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's (NSAC) FY18 priorities. We finally have a budget deal (Read NSAC's blog post; What the Budget Deal Means for American Agriculture) to raise the spending caps, and have word from appropriators that they're entering into the final stretch of setting funding levels for FY18, and now is when they want to be hearing from us on what the sustainable agriculture community wants.
#FarmersCount: Take the National Young Farmer Survey
It would also empower new farmers with the skills they need to succeed by securing permanent funding for new farmer training, expanding support for farm transfer and succession planning, and launching a new asset-building financial literacy initiative.
This bill would ensure farmers are able to finance new farm purchases by allowing FSA real estate loans to reflect regional farmland inflation rates and expand risk management options for new and beginning farmers.
Policy Update on the Child Nutrition Reauthorization
Take the National Young Farmer Survey and let Congress know that #FarmersCount! The survey is conducted every five years by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) in order to understand and elevate the issues that matter most to young farmers and aspiring farmers. Take the survey today and share it broadly. It is crucial that the survey results represent all young farmers and aspiring farmers, no matter where they live or what they grow. Survey answers are completely confidential. Take the survey at youngfarmers.org/survey
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