The new farm bill is a massive document that covers a wide range of programs and making sense of it all is no easy task. A new resource from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition offers farmers and non-profit groups a digital guide to key federal farm and food programs aiming to support sustainable farm and food systems.
The Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs is targeted to the farming community. Juli Obudzinski, senior policy specialist NSAC, says that the guide "distills very technical federal policies and programs in a way that is accessible to farmers and consumers alike."
NSAC says the guide "includes up-to-date information on conservation, credit, rural development, research and food programs authorized in the farm bill and other pieces of federal legislation."
Users of the guide will fine details on more than 40 federal food and farm programs providing funding to farmers and organizations for conservation assistance, farm real estate and operating loans, outreach to minority and veteran farmers, beginning farmer training programs, value-added enterprises, support for farmers markets and farm to school programs.
You can access the guide at sustainableagricluture.net/publications.