Will the Farm Bill deliver for the climate?

The clock is ticking—for our farmers and for the planet. From wildfires to drought, climate-related extreme weather events are taking a toll on farmers and increasing in frequency and cost. Despite these risks, Congress has consistently placed its head firmly in the sand when it comes to addressing climate change in the Farm Bill.

Reject the House Factory Farm Bill

IATP was one of 34 organizations addressing a letter to the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The Coalition for Family Farms and the Environment is urging Congress to vote no on H.R. 2, the Farm Bill that is partisan and harms family farms for the benefit of corporate interests.

Farm Bill Portal

The Farm Bill is a fundamentally a story about power. Dating back to the 1930s, every five years or so Congress decides in whose interest the Farm Bill will serve. Current Farm Bill debates involve many constituencies beyond just farmers, including hunger advocates, environmentalists, rural leaders, public health supporters, and civil rights organizations. The Farm Bill is both derivative and evolving, with important lessons from the past informing the hard policy challenges of the future.     

Uprooted Episode 7: Principles of a Sustainable Farm Bill

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.