But before I dive into the prospects for the next Farm Bill
and what Ill be fighting for on behalf of Ohio agriculture, I wanted to walk through where weve been, and where we are going in the next five to ten years.
Capping off a yearlong policy process, county Farm Bureau delegates this week endorsed a new solar energy policy, the organizations farm bill
priorities and strengthened policies related to conservation programs.
May's presentation was part of a series from farmers and educators who spent the early part of this week making the case to eight congressmen from as far as Minnesota and Florida for the farm bill
, a massive piece of legislation that Congress usually passes every five years.
Congressional hearings are already underway to create the 2018 Farm Bill
As the 2018 Farm Bill
approaches, Congress will have an extraordinary opportunity, coming only once every five years, to level the playing field for beginning farmers and break down the barriers holding back the growth of sustainable agriculture in our country.
Although never expressly stating so, the authors describe why farm bill
reform has proven to be a "wicked" problem.
Senators from upper Midwest states prone to spring flooding are urging USDA to ensure a program created by the new farm bill
will provide subsidies when they are unable to plant a crop.
, or Agriculture Act of 2014, was signed in February.
And second, Congress passed a nearly trillion-dollar Farm Bill
that addresses the needs of grape and wine producers to a degree never seen before on the federal level.
Both the Senate and the House passed versions of the Farm Bill
last summer and as of this writing, the conferees from both the House and Senate are negotiating the version of the bill that will move on to the President's desk.
The Farm Bill
has been one of our nation's strongest defenses against hunger and poverty while benefiting farming and rural economies.
House Republicans passed a pared down version of the farm bill
Thursday by stripping out hundreds of billions in funding for food and nutrition assistance 6 a move House leadership had been considering for weeks after the full bill failed to pass the lower chamber last month.