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Farm Bill 2007 & Sustainable Agriculture. Farm Bill Timeline. End of February – marker bills introduced – Feingold, Kind, etc. Harkin marker bill in May/ June possibly. Now through spring/ summer – hearings Wrap up in July? Not likely. Sustainable Agriculture Movement & the Farm Bill.

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farm bill timeline
Farm Bill Timeline
  • End of February – marker bills introduced – Feingold, Kind, etc.
  • Harkin marker bill in May/ June possibly.
  • Now through spring/ summer – hearings
  • Wrap up in July? Not likely.
sustainable agriculture movement the farm bill
Sustainable Agriculture Movement & the Farm Bill
  • Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
  • Farm and Food Policy Project
  • National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture
what does the change in congress mean for the farm bill
What does the change in Congress mean for the Farm Bill ?
  • Senator Tom Harkin (D- Iowa)
  • Representative Collin Peterson (D- Minn)
  • Reform or status quo?
research and extension title priorities
Research and Extension Title – Priorities
  • Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE)
  • Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA)
  • Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems
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SARE
  • Created by the 1985 and 1990 farm bills
  • Funding levels below authorized level for Research & Education and Professional Development
attra nat l sustainable agriculture information service
ATTRA- Nat’l Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
  • Provides sustainable agriculture information and technical assistance for farmers, Extension agents, educators and others
  • House budget bill eliminated FY ’07 funding
initiative for future of agriculture and food systems ifafs
Initiative for Future of Agriculture and Food Systems (IFAFS)
  • Created in 1998
  • Mandatory funding of $120 million/ year
  • Competitive grants
sub programs for ifafs
Sub-programs for IFAFS
  • Ag in the middle
  • New Farmers and Ranchers
  • Agricultural and Rural Entrepreneurship
  • Public Plant and Animal Breeding and Genetic Conservation
  • Ecosystem services
  • Conservation Effectiveness
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Rural Development Strategies
  • Food System-Public Health Interactions
  • Local and Regional Food Systems
additional research extension title issues
Additional Research & Extension Title Issues
  • Rural Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Facilitation Program
  • Outreach & Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers
  • Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
  • Organic Ag. Research & Extension
  • Public Plant and Animal Breeding
value added producer grant program
Value-Added Producer Grant Program

First implemented in 2001

Increase Funding

Expand to include value chain development

conservation security program
Conservation Security Program
  • Created in the 2002 Farm Bill
  • Country’s first green payments program
  • At the center one of the most important debates in the 2007 Farm Bill
president s farm bill proposal highlights
President’s Farm Bill Proposal - Highlights
  • Beginning Farmers
  • Conservation
  • CSP
  • Commodity Payments
how to get involved in the farm bill
How to get involved in the Farm Bill?
  • Attend SAC/ MSAWG meeting March 7- 8, Washington D.C.
  • Pick 2-4 priority topics
  • Work with others in the state to build support – research, education and outreach