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  Join thousands from across the nation by signing the petition below...

Demand Congress invest in healthy farms, food, and people!

Dear Congress,

For the sake of our nation’s health, our farmers, and our natural resources, we need you to do your job. We need a better Farm Bill, and we need it this year!

An equitable, sustainable, 21st century Farm Bill must:

- INVEST IN THE FUTURE OF HEALTHY FARMS, FOOD, and PEOPLE
- PROTECT OUR PRECIOUS AIR, SOIL, and WATER
- REFORM FARM SUBSIDIES and LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD

Signed,
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 Learn More: Timing, Expriation and Impacted Programs

Every five years, Congress takes on the task of reauthorizing the Farm Bill, which establishes U.S. food and farm policy. This year, Congress—specifically the U.S. House of Representatives—failed to get the job done, and on October 1, the Farm Bill expired. 

Congress is currently in recess until after the election.  On November 13, they will return for a very busy lame duck session, at which point they will have the opportunity to amend and pass a Farm Bill.  If Congress fails to take action before the new Congress enters office in January, then it will be back to square one in both the House and Senate. 

The Farm Bill expiration now effectively halts new enrollment for programs that help to drive innovation, support the next generation of farmers, conserve our natural resources, and invest in local economic development. 

Affected programs include: 

Additional Resources:

OEFFA’s Farm Bill webpage

OEFFA factsheet: "Farm Policy Matters: Passing a Sustainable Farm Bill"

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) Blog

NSAC 2012 Farm Bill factsheet: Protecting Our Base, Shaping Our Future

NSAC 2012 Farm Bill factsheet: Working Lands Conservation Programs: Responding to Drought and Weather Extremes

NSAC 2012 Farm Bill factsheet: Down Payment on Agricultural Reform

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