We’ve got a big problem here in Washington: one that could harm farmers and communities around the country. The House of Representatives is poised to vote on the 2018 Farm Bill in the coming days, and folks, this bill is bad.
In short, this is the worst farm bill ever – if it passes, it could set our shared movement back decades!
The good news? It hasn’t passed yet. There’s still time to get a better farm bill done this year.
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.
Below are bills that have been introduced by members of Congress. They support strong programs and associated funding for what we want to be included in the final 2018 Farm Bill.