The Farm Bill is a massive piece of legislation that affects everyone – and Congress is writing it now. It’s not surprising that, as such a wide-reaching bill, the Farm Bill has big implications for climate change. It is the largest investment in working lands and the primary method for addressing the environmental impacts of farms and ranches.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released “An Agenda for the 2018 Farm Bill.” Endorsed by IATP, the platform supports a fair Farm Bill that will help producers adapt to climate change, support vibrant rural communities, and keep much-needed farm programs intact and adequately funded. To work towards these goals, the platform has five underpinning priorities, one of which is encapsulated in a marker bill already introduced in Congress.
Tara Ritter, IATP's Senior Program Associate for Climate and Rural Communities talks with Josh about these priorities.