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Federal Farm Bill Re-authorization Process & Opportunities

Federal Farm Bill needs to be re-authorized and there are opportunities to shape it to support a more sustainable food and farming system.

The Federal Farm Bill is a $90 billion per year bill for food, feed  fiber and fuel. Every five years Congress passes a farm bill that determines the rules and playing field for

  • what we eat
  • how much it costs
  • where it is grown, and
  • how it is grown
The Farm Bill was up for re-authorization in 2012. Last year Congress passed an extension but it expired Sept 30 2013.  This summer the Senate passed its 2013 Farm Bill, 66-27, with a bipartisan vote. In mid-July, the House of Representatives passed a "farm-only" 2013 Farm Bill, 216-208 - without a nutrition title (SNAP) and with only Republican voting yes. The House then sent its bill to the Senate so that the conference committee members can start to work out the differences between the two bills. Please click here for more updated Farm Bill  information.
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