Agenda 2013

Agenda 2013

farmer with son in hay field Change is coming to U.S. farm policy. The government policies of the past, once critical to American prosperity, are not designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The status quo is not working and is not an option. However, powerful forces are making change inevitable in this next farm bill, including budget deficit reduction and a growing concern that farm policies do not serve the health of our nation.

Our farm bill agenda lays out a framework to guide decisions about the next farm bill that are already underway in Washington. The current fiscal situation is forcing a fundamental examination of government policies and programs that support America’s farmers and ranchers. Our nation and planet face huge challenges in ensuring we can feed and clothe 10 billion people by 2050 with an agricultural land base that faces unrelenting pressure from development. At the same time mounting environmental concerns, including competition over continually dwindling resources and impacts of climate change, require ample resources to ensure the tools for conservation are available for all working lands.

In the coming months, we will have the opportunity to rethink our public investment in agriculture. Our goal is a smart farm bill that provides the greatest benefit to communities while keeping farmers and ranchers on the land and helping them to manage it well.

Learn more about our farm bill positions on:

Farm Conservation: Clean Water and Clean Air Protecting our Working Lands
Farm Saftey Net

Agenda 2013 Priorities

Policy Resource Library

Complete Farm Bill Priorities

Resources and Links

Voices for Change

We need to basically bring ourselves together, converge our thoughts, our minds, our resources, in terms of where we want to be with agriculture in this country utilizing the tools that a federal government might bring together — to start really very seriously preparing ourselves for an exciting process that is ultimately a plan for the agricultural future of this country. — AG Kawamura, former California Secretary of Agriculture and co-chair of Solutions From the Land

In the News

Act Now! Tell Congres: Pass the Farm Bill

American Farmland Trust Supports Thompson-Fortenberry Conservation Compliance Bill

Act Now! Tell the Senate to Keep Conservation Compliance in the Farm Bill

Agriculture in a Changing Climate: 25x’25 Alliance Report Offers Climate Change Adaptation Recommendations

 

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    We need to basically bring ourselves together, converge our thoughts, our minds, our resources, in terms of where we want to be with agriculture in this country utilizing the tools that a federal government might bring together — to start really very seriously preparing ourselves for an exciting process that is ultimately a plan for the agricultural future of this country. — AG Kawamura, former California Secretary of Agriculture and co-chair of Solutions From the Land