The Farm Bill connects the food on our plates, the farmers and ranchers who produce that food, and the natural resources – our soil, air and water – that make growing food possible – National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

The Farm Bill covers programs ranging from crop insurance for farmers to healthy food access for low-income families, from beginning farmer training to support for sustainable farming practices. The Farm Bill sets the stage for our food and farm systems. As individuals and groups working together, it’s our job to make sure that the important Farm Bill is good for farmers, consumers, and for the natural environment.

Every five years, the farm bill expires and is updated: it goes through an extensive process where it is proposed, debated, and passed by Congress and is then signed into law by the President. Each Farm Bill has a unique title, and the current Farm Bill is called the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. It was enacted into law in December 2018 and expires in 2023.

Here are some excellent resources from our partner organizations and government sites that help to show the many programs that are available and the varying ways we can participate in the Farm Bill, especially when we consider programs and funding accessibility and equitability.

Rural Coalition
 
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
 
La Semilla Food Center
https://lasemillafoodcenter.org/store/  (Scroll down to see their Farm Bill Zine)
https://lasemillafoodcenter.org/storytelling/  (View Farm Bill Zine online)
 
This is an excellent Farm Bill resource:
Regaining Our Future, prepared by Janie Hipp and Colby Duran, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
Commissioned by Seeds of Native Health
 
Federal Resources 
White House Announces Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health in September
 
United States Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Senate Hearing on GusNIP. Growing Jobs and Opportunities in the 2023 Farm Bill Presentations from Michigan
 
GusNIP Overview — Fair Food Network Policy 2022-3