Farm Bill (Mostly) a Triumph for Sustainable Agriculture
The 2018 bipartisan farm bill passed by Congress this week makes critically needed investments in sustainable agriculture. Among other beneficial outcomes for farmers and food producers, once signed into law by the President the bill will:
Still, there are areas of concern. Importantly, the bill does not make climate change mitigation and adaptation a research priority; provides no additional funding for most farm-to-school initiatives and does not resolve known procurement issues; does not make vital reforms to commodity and crop insurance programs; cuts billions in conservation programs in terms of baseline funding for the next farm bill; and does not include authorization or funding for measuring, evaluating, and reporting conservation outcomes.
You can read more about the many gains for sustainable agriculture and local food systems contained in the bill, as well as its shortcomings, on the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s blog.