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Agriculture & Food: Focus on the Farm Bill

Call for a New & Improved Farm Bill
The Farm Bill is notable for maintaining a safety net for farmers through commodity programs and crop insurance. This legislation also authorizes important Conservation programs and essential Nutrition and food assistance programs. But wide reforms are needed.
The 2008 Farm Bill expired on Sept. 30, 2012. Despite new bills coming out of the Senate and the House Agriculture Committee, the full House of Representatives failed to act in time to reauthorize a new farm bill.
Instead, the old farm bill was extended until Sept. 30 of this year, 2013. That means the new Congress must again pass new bills out of Senate and House agricultural committees and move these to floor debates and votes.
NCRLC will continue to collaborate with many faith, family farm and sustainable agriculture groups around the country who call on Congress to authorize a new farm bill this year.
NCRLC sees the Farm Bill as the opportunity to shape the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of the U.S. farm and food system. This requires grassroots awareness and participation in the policy-making process to make change happen.
See the MENU items at right for our perspectives on the Farm Bill and positions we'll be advocating.

Coalition Advocacy

As many of our long-time members know, we partner with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, which is a coalition of family farm and conservation groups from around the country.

NCRLC also coordinates advocacy actions with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Together we are striving to reform and construct policies and programs that truly support our small and mid-sized farms, protect and conserve our natural resources and environment, and breathe new life into our rural communities.




A Primer on the Farm Bill

Action Timeline in Congress

Advocating Our Values

Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Commodity Programs

Conservation Programs

Crop Insurance Subsidies

Food Assistance and Nutrition Programs

Local Farms, Food & Jobs: New Legislation

Market Concentration & Livestock Operations

Renewable Energy from Farms

Research, Education and Extension

Rural Development

Sustainable Agriculture: Nation's New Foundation