December 5, 2011
We previously reported to you that a 2011 Food and Farm Bill appeared imminent. Days before Thanksgiving the Congressional “Super Committee” failed to reach agreement on $1.2 trillion in budget cuts. With that, the 2011 Farm Bill proposal intended for inclusion in the Super Committee’s deficit reduction bill is thus no more.
The now dead 2011 proposal was a mixed bag to be sure. However, because you made your voice heard, the short-lived 2011 Farm Bill contained some of sustainable agriculture’s conservation, local food, beginning farmer, and organic priorities.
There are many scenarios for what might happen next with the farm bill. What’s clear is that a more traditional farm bill process will begin early next year. We now have a prime opportunity to amplify our voices and push for a greener, healthier, and fairer food and farm system for consumers and family farmers!
We need your continued engagement to keep up the momentum and mobilize an even stronger front for the 2012 Food and Farm Bill Campaign. Thriving family farms and sustainable and organic agriculture are critical to America’s economy, health, and environment. Pass this link on to your friends and networks, build the sustainable and organic agriculture movement, and stay tuned!
Thank you for all you do!
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Staff
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