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 Coalition • Farm and Food Policy Project • National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture
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 • Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) • Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) • Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems
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 • 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) • Created in 1998 • Mandatory funding of $120 million/ year • Competitive grants
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 • 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 First implemented in 2001 Increase Funding Expand to include value chain development
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 • Beginning Farmers • Conservation • CSP • Commodity Payments
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