Farm Bill in the Northeast

Northeast Perspectives on the Farm Bill

Rows of crops on New England farmUnderstanding the farm bill reauthorization process is never easy, but this time around it will be more challenging than ever. American Farmland Trust, Wholesome Wave, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and New England Farmers Union hosted two webinars to help Northeast farm, food and conservation advocates better understand the reauthorization process for the next farm bill.

Learn what’s at stake for USDA programs that protect farmland, address environmental challenges, improve food access, and revitalize local and regional food systems in the Northeast.

THE CONSERVATION TITLE

The first webinar from December 16, 2011 focuses specifically on the Conservation Title of the farm bill.

Presenters:

Adrienne Wojciechowski, Office of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [Download presentation]

Lorraine Merrill, Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food [Download presentation]

Royden N. Powell III, Assistant Secretary for Resource Conservation, Maryland Department of Agriculture [Download presentation]

Dennis Nuxoll, Managing Director of Federal Policy, American Farmland Trust [Download presentation]

Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition [Download presentation]

Annette Higby, Policy Director, New England Farmers Union [Download presentation]

ENHANCING LOCAL AND REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS

The second webinar focuses on USDA programs that support local and regional food system development, improve local food access, and help farmers expand production and markets.

Presenters:  
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) [Download presentation]

Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) [Download presentation]

Scott Soares, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Resources [Download presentation]

S. Patrick McMillan, Assistant Secretary, Office of Marketing, Animal Industries and Consumer Services, Maryland Department of Agriculture [Download presentation]

Gus Schumacher, Executive VP of Policy, Wholesome Wave; Board Member, American Farmland Trust [Download presentation]

Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Committee [Download presentation]

Annette Higby, Policy Director, New England Farmers Union [Download presentation]

 

OTHER RESOURCES AND NEWS

 

Agenda 2013 Priorities

Policy Resource Library

Complete Agenda 2013 Priorities

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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    Simply put, conservation and farmland protection are at a crossroads. Land and healthy soil are the strategic resources critical to our nation’s ability to feed itself and to secure our nation’s future. Conservation programs are vital to maintaining those resources. — Jon Scholl, President, American Farmland Trust