2013 Farm Bill

Posted on May 30, 2013

2013_5-farm-bill-senate-floor-for-take-action-page.jpgNo need to feel flummoxed by all the Farm Bill fuss. Here’s a round-up of our favorite links that are helping us sort it all out.

There's something for everybody - GMO labeling, "Monsanto Protection Act", conservation programs, funding for local food and beginning farmers, nutrition assistance, and more. [Image courtesy of National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition]

There's a tremendous amount at stake for farmers and food eaters. 
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To kick things off, here’s our brief summary of the recent legislative action (we’ll leave the detailed analysis to the experts below):

Both Senate and House Ag Committees adopted their own version of a 2013 Farm Bill respectively, and there are some big differences. Last week, the Senate considered their version on the Floor, but only made it through 12 of 200 amendments. Now, the Legislature is in recess until June 3rd.

General Analysis

Track the progress of specific amendments:

Take Action!
You can help Congress make the right decision, but they need to hear from you! These organizations are making it easy for you to contact your Legislators about the amendments you care about:

**June 5th update: 

More analysis

  • Farm Bills by the Numbers. In this blog post, the folks over at National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition make it easy to compare spending in the House and Senate bills. We highly recommend it!
  • Marion Nestle regularly posts about the Farm Bill on her blog from her perspective as a nutritionist and public health expert. 

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