FARM BILL NEWS
The House Farm Bill undermines decades of work by farmers and advocates to advance sustainable agriculture and food systems in the U.S. It helps the big get bigger and rich get richer, cripples conservation programs, promotes more hungry and food insecure families, decreases local food, threatens rural communities, decreases incentives for beginning farmers, maintains inequities for farmers of color, underinvests in public research and seed breeding, fails to improve risk management options, and provides few resources for food safety.
In fiscal year (FY) 2017, FSA administered over 8,700 operating and ownership loans to SDA farmers and ranchers, helping them to start and sustain businesses by defraying the cost of farm-related real estate purchases and annual operating costs. While FSA has certainly made progress over the years in improving and increasing its level of service to SDA farmers, their outreach has so far has not been adequate to keep up with the growing demand.
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