2012 Farm Bill Forum<br />Worcester Food & Active Living Policy Council with Congressman McGovern’s Office<br />Thursday, ...
Agenda<br />Welcome & Introduction<br />Farm Bill Overview<br />Congressman McGovern’s perspective<br />Discussion, Q & A<...
What is the Farm Bill?<br />Primary piece of agriculture and food policy legislation<br />Reauthorized by congress roughly...
2008 Farm Bill Titles<br />Title I – Commodities<br />Title II – Conservation<br />Title III – Trade<br />Title IV – Nutri...
Farm Bill Spending<br />The 2008 Farm Bill was projected to cost $284 Billion (over 5 years)<br />4 areas make up the bulk...
2008 Farm Bill Spending<br />
Key Congressional Committees<br />Authorizing Committees: write the Farm Bill<br />House Committee on Agriculture<br />Sen...
Key Players<br />Agribusiness Lobby<br />Anti-Hunger Advocates<br />Nutrition/Public Health<br />Community Food Security<b...
2012 Farm Bill<br />Timeline:<br />House and Senate Ag Committees both have new leadership and new members<br />2011 – Edu...
Farm Bill in Massachusetts<br />Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program provided over $2,250,000 for snacks in 75 Massachusetts ...
Farm Bill in MA (cont.)<br />Conservation programs protect agricultural land and support innovative projects: <br />Develo...
What’s Important to Worcester Food & Active Living Policy Council?<br />“…Engaging diverse partners to foster a healthy an...
1. Healthy Food Access<br />Support for community-based agriculture across the urban-rural spectrum<br />Support for Farm-...
2. Local and Regional Food Systems<br />Infrastructure and technical assistance for local and regional food systems<br />F...
Stay connected, be informed!<br />Worcester Food & Active Living Policy Council: Join our e-mail list! <br />Email Liz at ...
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This is an introductory presentation to the Farm Bill, put together with information from the Community Food Security Coalition and tailored for an audience in Worcester, MA.

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  • Commodities: income supports to growers of wheat, corn, rice, oilseeds, peanuts, sugar and dairy. Works through direct payments, counter-cyclical payments, and marketing loans. Gvt. Purchases for dairy and marketing quotas and import barriers for sugar. Trade: includes ag exports, international food aid, and program changes related to various WTO obligationsNutrition: includes SNAP, SNAP-education, commodity distribution programs, and other supplemental nutrition assistance.**Horticulture &amp; Organic Ag – covers all fruits, vegetables, other specialty crops, and organic ag**Livestock – new title
  • “All other titles” still accounts for 8 billion dollars – Rural Development, Research, Forestry, Energy, Horticulture/Organic, Livestock, and Miscellaneous
  • Because this is our purpose statement, we feel that participation in the Farm Bill is very important.
  • 2012 farm bill forum presentation

    1. 1. 2012 Farm Bill Forum<br />Worcester Food & Active Living Policy Council with Congressman McGovern’s Office<br />Thursday, June 9th 2011<br />Worcester Public Library<br />
    2. 2. Agenda<br />Welcome & Introduction<br />Farm Bill Overview<br />Congressman McGovern’s perspective<br />Discussion, Q & A<br />Wrap up & Next Steps<br />
    3. 3. What is the Farm Bill?<br />Primary piece of agriculture and food policy legislation<br />Reauthorized by congress roughly every 5 years<br />According to the Congressional Research Service, the first Farm Bill was the Food and Agriculture Act of 1965<br />However, some historians say the first Farm Bill was adopted in 1933<br />
    4. 4. 2008 Farm Bill Titles<br />Title I – Commodities<br />Title II – Conservation<br />Title III – Trade<br />Title IV – Nutrition Programs<br />Title V – Credit<br />Title VI – Rural Development<br />Title VII – Research<br />Title VIII – Forestry<br />Title IX – Energy<br />Title X – Horticulture & Organic Agriculture<br />Title XI – Livestock<br />Title XII – Crop Insurance<br />Title XIII – Commodity Futures<br />Title XIV – Miscellaneous<br />Title XV – Trade & Taxes<br />
    5. 5. Farm Bill Spending<br />The 2008 Farm Bill was projected to cost $284 Billion (over 5 years)<br />4 areas make up the bulk of the Farm Bill’s spending:<br />Nutrition Title – SNAP, Nutrition Education (67%)<br />Commodity Support (15%)<br />Conservation (9%)<br />Crop Insurance (8%)<br />
    6. 6. 2008 Farm Bill Spending<br />
    7. 7. Key Congressional Committees<br />Authorizing Committees: write the Farm Bill<br />House Committee on Agriculture<br />Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry<br />Appropriations Committees: determine how much funding should be allocated for specific programs during each fiscal year<br />
    8. 8. Key Players<br />Agribusiness Lobby<br />Anti-Hunger Advocates<br />Nutrition/Public Health<br />Community Food Security<br />Conservation/ Environmental Groups<br />International Trade and Globalization<br />Renewable Energy<br />Government Agencies<br />Organic Groups<br />Sustainable Ag<br />You!!<br />
    9. 9. 2012 Farm Bill<br />Timeline:<br />House and Senate Ag Committees both have new leadership and new members<br />2011 – Education and Budget negotiations<br />2012 – Farm Bill?<br />How will the federal budget deficit affect the Farm Bill?<br />Little money available for increased spending<br />All programs are on the table for budget cuts<br />
    10. 10. Farm Bill in Massachusetts<br />Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program provided over $2,250,000 for snacks in 75 Massachusetts schools in 2010 (10 schools in Worcester this year!).<br />Community Food Project Grants (REC,Worcester)<br />USDA’s Healthy Incentives Pilot Program (Hampden County) <br />SNAP & Farmers’ Market (Food Project, Boston)<br />SNAP Dollars - As of March 2011, there were 810,776 people—more than one in nine Massachusetts residents--and 445,998 households enrolled in SNAP, with $106,760,923 dollars of benefits given out in March 2011.<br />
    11. 11. Farm Bill in MA (cont.)<br />Conservation programs protect agricultural land and support innovative projects: <br />Development of high tunnels to increase availability of fresh produce, especially in winter<br />Protect farmland for local food (Grow Food Northampton)<br />Support for new, beginning, and socially disadvantaged farmers (NuestrasRaices, Holyoke; New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Lowell)<br />
    12. 12. What’s Important to Worcester Food & Active Living Policy Council?<br />“…Engaging diverse partners to foster a healthy and just food system…” <br />Healthy food access for all, especially low-income populations<br />Support for our farmers to thrive in the region<br />
    13. 13. 1. Healthy Food Access<br />Support for community-based agriculture across the urban-rural spectrum<br />Support for Farm-to-School<br />Protect SNAP from cuts and changes to its entitlement status<br />SNAP redemption at Farmers’ Markets<br />Incentives for purchasing fruits and vegetables through federal nutrition programs<br />
    14. 14. 2. Local and Regional Food Systems<br />Infrastructure and technical assistance for local and regional food systems<br />Farm-to-Institution programs<br />Community Food Projects<br />Farmers’ Market Promotion Program<br />Support for local ag - Specialty Crops, Dairy, Livestock<br />
    15. 15. Stay connected, be informed!<br />Worcester Food & Active Living Policy Council: Join our e-mail list! <br />Email Liz at hungerfree@worcesterfoodpolicy.org<br />Mass Food Policy Alliance<br />www.massfoodpolicyalliance.org<br />Community Food Security Coalition – Farm Bill Alerts<br />www.foodsecurity.org<br />Food and Water Watch – fact sheets<br />www.foodandwaterwatch.org<br />

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