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Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: Local Food Marker Bill: Where Are We Now?

July 31, 2012


Last fall, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME) introduced the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act to create jobs and spur economic development through food and farms.  This bill funds and improves critical programs that create economic opportunities for farmers, support local and regional food systems, and improve food access for all.  As a marker bill, it’s not intended for debate and passage, but rather to be included in the 2012 Farm Bill package currently moving through Congress.

So, where are we now with parts of the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act?

The following chart illustrates how key provisions in the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act have fared thus far in both the Senate and House versions of the 2012 Farm Bill.  The process isn’t over yet – the House is currently considering an extension bill that would defund a host of programs, including many listed below, and the full 2012 Farm Bill has yet to see floor time in the House of Representatives.  NSAC and its partners will continue to fight for these critical programs throughout the farm bill process – and we need your help.

Chart key:
Two thumbs up: A home run! Full inclusion in the bill
One thumb up: A step in the right direction
One thumb down: A missed opportunity
Two thumbs down: A major setback

The Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act: Where Are We Now?

Click the chart below to download an easy to read PDF version.

Chart key reminder:
Two thumbs up: A home run!
One thumb up: A step in the right direction
One thumb down: A missed opportunity
Two thumbs down: A major setback

Looking for additional details on each key provision? Check out the following blog posts:

  1. Details on LFFJA provisions in the Senate:  http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/senate-farm-bill-local-food-rd/
  2. More details on LFFJA provisions in the Senate:  http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/senate-fb-markup-local-food-rd/
  3. Details on LFFJA provisions in the House:  http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/house-farm-bill-highlights/
  4. More details on LFFJA provisions in the House:  http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/house-ag-passes-farm-bill/
  5. A comprehensive post on the House farm bill, including LFFJA provisions:  http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/nsac-assessment-of-house-bill/

Categories: Beginning and Minority Farmers, Conservation, Energy & Environment, Farm Bill, Food Safety, General Interest, Local & Regional Food Systems, Nutrition & Food Access, Organic Farming, Rural Development


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