As the National Young Farmers Coalition continues to expand its efforts westward, we are focusing on critical water issues by diving deeper into storytelling, innovative farm strategies and resources for drought resilient agriculture in the arid West.
This post is the second of three in-depth analysis pieces on the bill and how it will affect you.
Last week, after we shared the news that the new farm bill passed, we delved into a three-part series breaking the bill down and what its impact will be over the next five years. (The bill is scheduled to expire in 2018). We started out talking about some concerns with the bill, now we’ll get into the good parts.
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Yes, we have a farm bill. Let me repeat that, for those who’ve been hearing us talk about this this so much over the past two years: we now have a new five-year farm bill.
This marks the conclusion of a monumental effort over the past two and a half years to pass a bill; since the last bill expired, many programs have foundered without Congressional authorization or at best, coasted along on auto-pilot.
It’s official – we now have a farm bill. On Friday, President Obama officially signed it into law, marking the end of two years of campaigning.
As we previously reported, the bill is a mixed bag of good and bad. Funding for many beginning farmer programs, including the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, are at the highest level we could hope for. At the same time, there are some shortcomings, including a lack of real payment limit reforms (a maximum for how much large corporate farms can receive in subsidies) and a cut to the SNAP program.
We’ll be offering more detailed breakdowns of the bill, but in the mean time (and since it’s Monday morning!) we’ll start off with an easy-to-digest summary. Thanks to the folks at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition for the big-picture analysis and for putting together this great infographic:
The latest Farm Law Webinar is coming up for beginning farmers (and experienced farmers alike!) interested in learning more about how the law impacts their farm. Farm Commons is an organization dedicated to providing proactive legal services for sustainable agriculture, and we’re thrilled to help promote this webinar project.
Hello! Since I’m new to the NYFC blog, I’d like to introduce myself briefly.
I grew up in Brooklyn, worked for two years as a student farm manager at the Yale Farm, then for a year at the Woolman Semester School, and now work at the San Diego Childhood Obesity Initiative through a Jewish Food Justice Fellowship. At the Initiative I help coordinate the Farm to School (F2S) Taskforce; my goal is to increase the amount of fresh, local produce in San Diego’s schools.
Our coalition was founded in 2010 in large part to help ensure that our needs as new, young and sustainable farmers are represented in public policy. And today, although we’re not happy with all aspects of the new farm bill, we are proud to say that many of the challenges that we face in starting new farm businesses – access to capital, land and training – will be addressed in the farm bill that passed in the House on Wednesday.
Good Life Farm is perched on a hill on the west side of Lake Cayuga. On a chilly fall evening, I watched Melissa Madden instruct an employee on the art of driving two draft horses towards the turkey pasture. The last rays of the day’s sunlight illuminate the land, and it’s easy to see why Melissa and her husband, Garrett Miller, chose this life.
An exciting project is under way in Indiana, which I am proud to be a part of. Green Bridge Growers is an urban farming business in South Bend that my mom, Jan Pilarski, and I have founded together. Our business is in the area of aquaponics, which uses fish and plants together in the same system. Green Bridge has a social mission, which is to employ people on the autism spectrum (like myself). 90 percent of adults on the autism spectrum are unemployed, a problem that we seek to address. Also, 90 percent of the food we eat here in Indiana is shipped in from out of state. So we decided to start Green Bridge Growers to tackle both of these 90-percent problems.