Michigan to Host “Growing Jobs & Economic Opportunity” Farm Bill Hearing

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The United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry will hold its second 2018 Farm Bill hearing in Frankenmuth, Michigan on May 6, 2017.

The farm bill is a hefty piece of legislation passed by Congress every five years that sets the nation’s food and agriculture policies. Consisting of 12 major sections or titles, the farm bill sets the rules for commodity, conservation, trade, nutrition, credit, rural development, research, forestry, energy, horticulture, and crop insurance programs.

The current farm bill was approved in 2014, and Congress is now preparing to pass a new farm bill in 2018. Led by Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) and ranking member Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), the Senate Agriculture Committee is holding hearings around the country to gather citizen input into the bill.

CCOF’s farm bill priorities include increased authorized funding of the National Organic Program; protecting cost share; an increase in funds for organic agriculture research; and continued funding for the Organic Data Initiative, Specialty Crop Research Initiative, Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program, and Whole Farm Revenue Protection. More information on our priorities is outlined in our 2018 Farm Bill Priorities.

The second hearing will likely focus on specialty crop growers, organic producers, urban farmers, and other groups representing Michigan’s agricultural diversity.

CCOF will be encouraging our members in Michigan to attend the hearing and participate in the ongoing national conversation.

At the first hearing in Kansas, farmers, ranchers, and representatives of rural groups gave testimony on their farm bill priorities. CCOF-certified food maker Hilary’s Drink Eat Well, a company specializing in convenient and culinary foods made from real ingredients that are free from common allergens, attended the first hearing in Kansas.

CCOF will continue to track the 2018 Farm Bill and share information regarding hearings. Please contact policy@ccof.org with any questions.