18 Jul 2017
Understanding the Farm Bill — The Farm Bill is a many-faceted and complex piece of legislation, one which has a huge impact on the food system in this country, and especially on the future of sustainable agriculture. The Farm Bill must be renewed every five years, and 2018 is one of those years. We saw with the previous cycle (which was supposed to have been passed in 2013 but was not) how great an impact certain provisions of the bill – those without permanent "baseline" funding – can have on family-scale organic and sustainable operations directly, as well as research and advocacy efforts. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has published under the title "The Numbers Behind the Farm Bill" which analyze the budget assumptions that will underlie the 2018 Farm Bill:
NSAC also provides an overview of the Farm Bill at What is the Farm Bill?