Tell Congress:
Pass a New Farm Bill!
And Don't Leave Sustainable Agriculture Stranded!

Creating jobs in rural America, seizing new market opportunities, and ensuring the success of the next generation of farmers are national priorities. Let's ensure Congress knows this as they begin conference negotiations on the final version of the 2013 Farm Bill. In the meantime, 10 key programs that represent much of the federal government’s investment in sustainable agriculture are currently stranded without mandatory federal funding due to Congress' inability to come together and pass a new bill.

Congress: pass a new farm bill this year! And don't leave critical

sustainable agriculture programs stranded again!



 


 

What’s at stake if Congress doesn’t pass a bill or a full extension? 

We’ll lose out on programs that help train future farmers and invest in the next generation of growers. We’ll say goodbye to funding for programs that improve healthy food access by linking more consumers to local farmers’ markets and CSAs. We’ll miss out on programs that create economic opportunities for rural communities and increase market opportunities for farmers. And, to add insult to injury, outdated subsidies will remain intact. In short, we’ll lose out on this chance to build a better future for our nation’s food and farms.

Programs Currently Stranded Without Funding:

  • Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program
  • Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
  • Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative
  • Specialty Crop (fruit and vegetable) Research Initiative
  • Value-Added Producer Grants program
  • National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program
  • Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers
  • Conservation Reserve Transition Incentives Program
  • Organic Production and Market Data Initiative
  • Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program
  • Rural Energy for America Program