The “Farm Bill” is a federal omnibus bill that covers a variety of food and farm-related concerns, and provides funding and support for various federal programs. Some of these programs directly affect agriculture, such as crop insurance, crop subsidies, and incentive programs for soil conservation practices. Other programs are indirectly related to agriculture, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program) and various programs related to forestry, rural development, biofuel production, and food safety. The Farm Bill also influences the type of crops farmers produce, whether farmers choose to implement conservation practices on their land, the amount of financial support available to low income families to purchase food, and the type and price of food found on our grocer’s shelves.
The Missouri Coalition for the Environment wants to help create a better “Farm Bill,” since it influences many aspects of our lives. From our stomachs to our taxes, it defines agricultural, environmental, and governmental practices. We want to create a better system that offers food security, fair markets, environmental stability, and finally, a stronger taxpayer voice.
The next Farm Bill will be introduced in 2018 and we want to make sure it supports conservation farming practices, supports farmers that grow fruits and vegetables and pasture-raised animals, and improves access to nutritious foods for all.
Join us by taking action on the following components of the 2018 Farm Bill! This page will be updated as new actions arise over the next year.
Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act (BFROA)
The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act (H.R. 4316) will knock down longstanding barriers to entry and open new doors to economic opportunity for new and aspiring farmers. This legislation will ensure that the farm bill gives real support to both aspiring and retiring farmers and ranchers, as well as the American public, by:
- Expanding beginning farmers’ access to affordable farmland
- Empowering new farmers with the skills to succeed in today’s agricultural economy
- Ensuring equitable access to financial capital and federal crop insurance
- Encouraging commitment to conservation and stewardship across generations