The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has put together its comprehensive 2018 Farm Bill policy platform. Months of research and teamwork with grassroots stakeholders has produced a comprehensive vision of recommendations for sustainable farm and food systems. Their recommendations include the modernization of crop insurance, investment in public plant breeding, advancing land stewardship, and increasing opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers. Modernizing crop insurance programs should be expanded to include sustainable farming practices such as cover cropping. Seed diversification on farms would ensure food security on the local level. Technical resources and cost-share programs would help farmers connect to the growing “farm to fork” movement across the nation. Nearly 100 million acres of farmland will become available to beginning farmers and ranchers in the next 5 years, and the Farm Bill works to ensure that the new generation of farmers and ranchers acquire the necessary skill and opportunities. NSAC will provide their policy platform to Congress in hopes that their recommendations will built upon the successes of the 2014 Farm Bill.
Read more of NSAC’s recommendations here: http://www.americanagriculturist.com/farm-bill/national-sustainable-agriculture-coalition-outlines-farm-bill-priorities