So much good is happening in the sustainable agriculture movement today. Farmers are adopting smart conservation practices like cover crops and pollinator habitat at a rapid clip. Demand is skyrocketing for fresh, healthy food from local sources - and farmers are growing to meet that demand. Farmers of color are gaining long-overdue seats at the table and beginning farmers are entering the field nationwide.
Underpinning much of this positive progress? The farm bill. This big piece of federal legislation makes billions of dollars in investments for a better food and farm future. Well, it did until recently - right now, in addition to cuts to the SNAP (food stamp) program that our anti-hunger allies have flagged as very harmful, the draft bill makes sweeping, radical cuts to longstanding programs and fails to make needed improvements to others - this could set our shared movement back decades.
Members of the House Agriculture Committee are about to vote on a new 2018 Farm Bill tomorrow - we need to act now to fix these serious issues.