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Farm Bill 2023

The farm bill connects the food on our plates, the farmers and ranchers who produce that food, and the natural resources – our soil, air and water – that make growing food possible. Every 5 years the Farm Bill expires and is updated and that is happening RIGHT NOW! As advocates for sustainable agriculture and a just and equitable food system, it’s our job to make sure that this important bill is good for farmers, consumers, and for the natural environment. We are asking you to join us.


2023 Farm Bill Citizen Action is Needed Now!

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What:  Your public comment is needed for the Federal US Farm Bill reauthorization in congress 

When:  NOW! 

Why:  The US Farm Bill affects all aspects of our food system and it is seriously outdated. We need to send a message to congress that we want a sustainable, equitable, and safe food system.   

Your comments matter! 


  1. Fill out this online form or email 

  2. Copy your comments to your federal delegation

  3. Endorse the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's 2023 Farm Bill Platform

  4. Sign this letter from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition to tell Congress: "The next Farm Bill must be a climate bill."

Why Does the Farm Bill Matter? 

The farm bill is a package of legislation passed roughly once every five years that has a tremendous impact on farming livelihoods, how food is grown, and what kinds of foods are grown. Covering programs ranging from crop insurance for farmers to healthy food access for low-income families, from beginning farmer training to support for sustainable farming practices, the farm bill sets the stage for our food and farm systems. 


Every five years, the farm bill expires and is updated: it goes through an extensive process where it is proposed, debated, and passed by Congress and is then signed into law by the President. Each farm bill has a unique title, and the current farm bill is called the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. It was enacted into law in December 2018 and expires in 2023.


The original farm bill(s) were enacted in three stages during the 1930s as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation. Its three original goals –  to keep food prices fair for farmers and consumers, ensure an adequate food supply, and protect and sustain the country’s vital natural resources – responded to the economic and environmental crises of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. While the farm bill has changed in the last 70 years, its primary goals are the same.


Our food and farming system confronts new challenges today, but through citizen and stakeholder action for a fair farm bill, we can ensure the vibrancy and productivity of our agriculture, economy, and communities for generations to come.


Time and time again farmers, rural communities, and advocates have tried to shift government support away from the industrial agriculture model controlled by a handful of corporations. Time and time again, we have failed, because Big Ag controls the process from policy narrative to legislative votes. The farm bill is the best opportunity to achieve meaningful reforms to our current food and agriculture system.

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Our Asks to Congress

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​Feel free to use these talking points in your letters to congress!

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  1. Shift government subsidies from feed grain for industrial livestock production and ultra processed food towards whole food vegetable, fruit, nut, legume and cereal grain production that feeds humans.

  2. Shift financial and technical resources towards farmers transitioning away from industrial agriculture towards conservation and regenerative practices.

  3. Shift financial and technical resources towards historically marginalized and young farmers.

  4. Shift financial and technical resources towards regional food systems and food system hubs (break up vertical integration of big ag.)

  5. Shift SNAP incentives towards healthy whole food and regional food system purchases.

  6. Support culturally relevant nutrition and cooking education programs in all communities.

Lets Get Smarter about the Farm Bill 


Join Farm Action and panels of experts to learn how we can create a more fair food system that works for everyone — not just a handful of corporations — by transforming our agricultural policies and programs in the 2023 Farm Bill.

Justice for All: Centering Equity in the Farm Bill

April 4, 5:00-6:30 p.m. EST
Marginalized farmers and communities have long been denied participation in agriculture programs and policy development. Learn how we can reform our food and farm system to make it fair and inclusive. Click here to view the speaker list.


Build Local, Eat Local: Supporting Regional Food Systems in the Farm Bill

April 18, 5:00-6:30 p.m. EST
A food system controlled by multinational corporations threatens our food supply and national security. Let’s rein in Big Ag’s power and create resilient local and regional food systems. Speakers will be announced soon.

Conservation and Regeneration: Fostering Resilience in the Farm Bill

May 2, 5:00-6:30 p.m. EST
Learn how we can reform our farm programs to support the diversified farm operations that contribute to resilient soils and a healthy environment, while holding abusive corporations accountable. Speakers will be announced soon.

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