As the Farm Bill food fight moves into higher gear during the next few weeks and with the Federal government looking to save a net of $23 billion dollars over ten years from the next Farm Bill, it will be a fight even just to maintain current levels of funding for conservation programs and smaller programs like the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s Farming for the Future: A Sustainable Agriculture Agenda for the 2012 Farm Bill [PDF] presents a comprehensive policy agenda that is directly addressing the funding challenges that this years farm bill will face.
Here is the introduction to the Executive Summary:
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s vision of agriculture is one where a safe, nutritious, and affordable food supply is produced by a legion of diverse family farmers who make a decent living pursuing their trade, while sustaining the environment and contributing to the strength of their communities. Fulfilling that vision requires prioritizing policies that create jobs and fuel economic development, protect our natural resources, and make healthy food widely available. The 2012 Farm Bill provides the opportunity to reform our nation’s food and agriculture policy to achievethese outcomes.
Read their entire platform, Farming for the Future: A Sustainable Agriculture Agenda for the 2012 Farm Bill [PDF].
This is the latest in a series of regular updates on the development of the next Farm Bill which will be provided by Judith Belasco, Director of Programs at Hazon. If you are interested in writing about your work on the Farm Bill, please be in touch.
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