Farm Bill Conference Committee Delivers Final Bill

The 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee has released a final bill for Congress to vote on. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) notes that the bill provides permanent, baseline funding for significant programs such as the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (also known as ?Section 2501?), Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program, and Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program. The National Young Farmers Coalition says the bill includes significant portions of its Young Farmer Agenda. American Farmland Trust praised the bill for protecting farmland, promoting environmentally sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land. NSAC pointed out, however, that the bill contains significant budget cuts for the Conservation Stewardship Program over time, as well as loopholes in the nation’s farm safety net programs.