What does the 2014 Farm Bill mean for a sustainable food and farm future?

March 17, 2014 - 2:58 pm No Comments

Wondering about the new 2014 Farm Bill? Check out this helpful info graphic from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition!

More information on the new bill from NSAC:

Raise a glass, the farm bill passed!

March 5, 2014 - 6:01 pm No Comments

We have a new farm bill! Come learn what’s in it and what the Northwest Farm Bill Action Group will be up to this year at our Farm Bill Happy Hour!

This event will replace our Winter General Meeting.

WHAT: Farm Bill Happy Hour – a casual event to catch up on farm bill policy, plug into the Northwest Farm Bill Action Group, meet like-minded folks, and sip tasty drinks (for $1 off!)

WHEN: Saturday, March 8, 5-6 pm

WHERE:
in the University District
1309 NE 45th St

Trabant (NWFBAG’s unofficial office) serves beer and hard cider in addition to exceptional coffee, tea, and snacks, and is “all-ages”. Many thanks, Trabant, for offering us a special happy hour deal for this event!

RSVP: Tell us you’re coming on Facebook or by emailing our coordinator, Ariana at ataylorstanley@wsffn.org

See you there!

We have a Farm Bill, folks!

February 5, 2014 - 9:30 pm No Comments

Congress has passed a Farm Bill at last!

On the way to the House farm bill vote: Ariana Taylor-Stanley (NWFBAG/Tilth Producers of WA), Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Ellen Gray (Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network), and Sam Bowhay (NWFBAG/Local Roots Farm)

Northwest Farm Bill Action Group organizers were in DC this last week participating in coalition meetings and lobby visits, and were lucky enough to witness the House vote. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law soon.

The bill passed has many wins for local food and sustainable agriculture including an expanded Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, support for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program, and many beginning farmer programs. However, it also cuts the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, aka food stamps) by $8 billion over the next ten years. The final bill also failed to include important commodity subsidy payment limit reforms that had been included in all previous versions.

It has been a long journey to get to this point! This bill began being drafted in 2011, and we have followed it closely through the congressional quagmire since then. Thank you all for staying involved and taking action! Stay tuned as we move into next steps on implementing this bill and preparing for the next one.

Learn more about the new bill from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Keep up to date on Farm Bill news on our website

Northwest Farm Bill Action Group • www.nwfoodfight.org • 2011
Design based on Missed Spring theme • Rainier image courtesy of USGS/Cascades Volcano Observatory