Farm Bill

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Sustainable Agriculture Wins in 2016 Federal Budget

After several budget extensions, known as a Continuing Resolution or CR, Congress has agreed on a spending bill to fund the government in 2016, avoiding another government shutdown. The big news: NO GIPSA RIDER.

2014 Farm Bill Analysis: Organic Agriculture

While U.S. consumer demand for organic grows exponentially, domestic production to meet that demand has not kept up, requiring greater imports of organic production to fill the gap. The organic program funding in the new Farm Bill will help U.S. farmers and handler better meet that demand.

2014 Farm Bill Analysis: GIPSA

We can cheer the fact that the Farm Bill negotiators rejected the intense pressure from poultry companies and meatpackers to roll back key protections that require them to use fair business practices in their dealings with farmers.

2014 Farm Bill Analysis: Crop Insurance

After many years of hard work and patience, we can claim a victory for diversified farms in the 2014 Farm Bill. RAFI looks forward to working with producers and the USDA to further ensure a fair risk management system for sustainable agriculture.

[Action Alert] Save Organics in the 2014 Farm Bill

What’s at stake here? Critical assistance for organic farmers through the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. If we don’t act NOW, this program could be completely defunded — stripping farmers of a vital source of support in helping meet growing demand for organic food and to create local jobs.