Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act

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The latest news from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition featuring Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act, Risk Management Grants, Agriculture and Climate, and more…

FARM BILL NEWS  

By Focusing on Beginning Farmers, Legislators are Crafting a Farm Bill for the Future starting with the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act Earlier this week, a bipartisan coalition led by Representatives Tim Walz (D-MN) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) introduced the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act (BFROA) of 2017. This bill will ensure that the 2018 Farm Bill focuses on the future of American agriculture by driving investment toward programs and policies that create opportunities for the next generation of farmers and ranchers….READ MORE 

 

Farmers take the Fight for the Farm Bill to the Capitol This week, 20 farmers and farm advocates representing 13 agricultural states flew into Washington D.C. as part of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s (NSAC) 2018 Farm Bill fly-in event. Producers and advocates alike all came to the Capitol with the same goal – to stand in front of their elected officials and advocate for a 2018 Farm Bill that supports the needs of America’s family farmers….READ MORE  

CONGRESSIONAL NEWS  

One Month Left for Congress to Fund Key Food and Agriculture Programs Congress has less than one month left to pass a final funding bill to keep the government’s doors open beyond December 8. If Congress cannot agree how to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate appropriations bills (including funding for key agriculture, food, and rural development programs), Congress will need to again extend 2017 funding levels – either for the full 2018 fiscal year or for a few additional days, weeks, or even months, to buy itself a bit more time to negotiate a deal…READ MORE  

USDA NEWS  

RMA Grants Will Expand Awareness About Risk Management Opportunities Last week, the Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced projects funded through two programs that help educate farmers about how to mitigate production, financial, and other forms of risk on their farms. These grants were awarded through the Risk Management Education Partnership Program and the Risk Management Program in Targeted States…READ MORE  

CONSERVATION NEWS  

Pocket Guide Outlines how Agriculture can Help Stave Off Climate Catastrophe The Land Stewardship Project’s (LSP) “Soil Health, Water & Climate Change: A Pocket Guide to What You Need to Know” provides an introduction to the latest innovations in science and farming related to building soil health, and details how implementing such practices on a wide-scale can turn agriculture into a powerful force for climate change adaptation and mitigation…READ MORE  

NSAC NEWS  

NSAC is hiring a Spring Policy Intern The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is currently seeking a Policy Intern for the spring term beginning in early January 2018 and lasting until mid-May 2018. This position is paid, full-time, and is located at NSAC’s Washington, D.C. office on Capitol Hill…

Learn more about farm policy and agricultural politics at: http://www.beginningfarmers.org/farm-policy-agricultural-politics/

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