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  1. Farm Bill 2007 & Sustainable Agriculture

  2. 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.

  3. Sustainable Agriculture Movement & the Farm Bill • Sustainable Agriculture Coalition • Farm and Food Policy Project • National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture

  4. 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?

  5. 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


  6. SARE • Created by the 1985 and 1990 farm bills • Funding levels below authorized level for Research & Education and Professional Development

  7. 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

  8. Initiative for Future of Agriculture and Food Systems (IFAFS) • Created in 1998 • Mandatory funding of $120 million/ year • Competitive grants

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Value-Added Producer Grant Program First implemented in 2001 Increase Funding Expand to include value chain development

  12. 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

  13. President’s Farm Bill Proposal - Highlights • Beginning Farmers • Conservation • CSP • Commodity Payments

  14. 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