The 2018 Farm Bill is on the Move Again!

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.

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Amanda Hodges
FARM BILL HELP NEEDED -- Please act NOW if you can

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.

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Amanda Hodges
Why Should Southern Farmers Care About the Farm Bill?

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?

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Shari Hawley
Time for Action! FY18 Ag Appropriations

This is our FINAL opportunity to weigh in on agriculture appropriations to make the pitch for National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's (NSAC) FY18 prioritiesWe 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. 

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Shari Hawley
The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2017

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.

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Pam Kingfisher
#FarmersCount: Take the National Young Farmer Survey

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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Shari Hawley