This is it. It’s make or break time for the 2018 Farm Bill. Only a few days remain for Congress to finish a new bill or pass a temporary extension of the old one. Either way, farmers and communities are counting on action.
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Wild Farm Alliance just released a new publication, Farm Bill 2018 Issue Brief: Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).
Our report is based on interviews of Montana farmers and ranchers who are enrolled in CSP. This program not only offers farmers and ranchers financial incentives to establish whole farm stewardship efforts, but also provides a myriad of significant, complementary benefits to the environment. In-depth interviews were conducted in the spring 2018 by Mary Ellis, a graduate student at University of Montana.
The Farm Bill is in full swing. Now that the House has passed their bad Farm Bill, the Senate is set to finalize their version.
Fortunately, the draft Senate Bill takes a wildly different approach and does not make sweeping cuts to conservation and provides much needed support for Organic.
The draft bill includes a significant boost in funding for organic research, provisions to address fraudulent organic imports, and funding for organic data collection initiatives.
It also includes full funding for the organic certification cost-share program, which helps organic family farms thrive and boosts our local economies.