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July 29-1030-Jonathan Burgess

  1. 1. The 2018 Farm Bill and ACCD Jonathan Burgess Programs and Policy Director Allegheny County Conservation District
  2. 2. What do we do at ACCD? • Provide technical assistance to urban and rural producers: soil health, nutrient management practices, and USDA programs. • Regulate nutrient and manure management on livestock operations (Act 38 and Ch. 91) • Conduct soil health research in partnership with other organizations and producers. • Collaborate on food system policy and planning. • Preserve farmland though the PA and USDA Easement Purchase Programs.
  3. 3. What are our needs? • Continued funding for programs like EQIP that provide implementation assistance. • Funding for conservation planning. • Funding for outreach, especially to underserved communities. • Research grants for innovative practices and farm trials. • Funding for urban agriculture, soil health, and community food systems work. • Agricultural Easement $ to prevent development of high quality farmland and support modernization of operations.
  4. 4. 2018 Farm Bill Highlights • EQIP and CSP (and RCPP Program) • CIG and On-Farm Research Grants • ACEP (Ag Easement) Program. • Urban, Indoor, and Emerging Agricultural Production, Research, Education, and Extension Initiative • Creation of an Urban Ag Office at USDA • Creation of pilot rural-urban County Committees • Local Ag Market Program (FMPP/VA/LFPP) • Community Food Projects (CFP) Funding
  5. 5. Other Highlights • Industrial Hemp Production • Organic Cost Share Funding • Extension Funding • Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program • Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (BFRDP)
  6. 6. Urban Soil Remediation
  7. 7. Conservation Efforts
  8. 8. EQIP and CSP
  9. 9. Urban Ag Funds and Outreach Braddock Farms with Edgar Thompson Steel Works.
  10. 10. Urban Ag Assistance
  11. 11. Farmland Preservation
  12. 12. Community Food Projects Duquesne Community Garden
  13. 13. Jonathan Burgess (412) 291-8017 jburgess@accdpa.org www.accdpa.org

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