NSAC’s Guide to the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Process
The 2018 Farm Bill is on the Move Again!
As we barrel toward the expiration of the 2014 Farm Bill on September 30, both the House and Senate have now passed their respective versions of what they hope will become the next farm bill. The House passed its version on June 21 by a narrow and strictly partisan margin of 213-211. The Senate passed its version on June 28 by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 86-11.
On many key issues related to food and agriculture, the House bill fails where the Senate bill succeeds. This is true for conservation, nutrition and food access, beginning farmers and farmers of color, local and regional food systems, value-added agriculture, rural development, and renewable energy, as well as when it comes to stemming consolidation and economic concentration in farm country.
FARM BILL HELP NEEDED -- Please act NOW if you can
You helped us achieve some great progress over the past several months: this Senate version of the farm bill largely does right by sustainable agriculture, local food, beginning farmers and farmers of color, organics, and more. It is overall a step in the right direction on many issues.
But our work’s not done yet! The bill also includes major corporate giveaways that make it harder for family-scale independent farmers and ranchers to succeed. To build a more sustainable food and farm future we’ve got to have both those good investments in farmers and food systems and reforms to the policies that underpin the system.
American Agriculture Needs a Strong Farm Bill, Draft House Bill Doesn’t Deliver
It’s back! The 2018 Farm Bill is moving through Congress again – this time in the Senate.
The good news? This bill largely does right by sustainable agriculture, local food, beginning farmers and farmers of color, organics, and more. It is overall a step in the right direction.
The bad news? The bill also includes major corporate giveaways that make it harder for family-scale independent farmers and ranchers to succeed. To build a more sustainable food and farm future we’ve got to have both those good investments in farmers and reforms to the policies that underpin the system.
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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