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Federal Farm Bill

The Farm Bill is the most influential piece of legislation affecting the food we grow and the programs that bring food to our plates. It is a massive act affecting food production, nutrition and hunger programs, international trade, and environmental conservation. This comprehensive agriculture and food policy tool is generally reauthorized by Congress every five years.

LiveWell Colorado recommends the advancement of a farm bill that supports healthy eating and the development of resilient food systems throughout Colorado. The farm bill directly impacts our most pressing food policy issues, including food production, food assistance, and healthy food retail. For more information, see theFood Policy Blueprint.

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Reports: Research, Articles, & Guides

The American Public Health Association released the issue brief,The Farm Bill and Public Health: A Primer for Public Health Professionals, in June 2012.

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future publishedGrowing Healthy Food and Farm Policy: The Impact of Farm Bill Policies on Public Healthin January 2012.

Congressional Resources

TheUS Senate’s Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry includes both a summarized and a full-text version of the Farm Bill they passed on their website. The committee also covers recent news and a number of videos of related hearings.

The US House of Representatives’ Committee on Agriculture includes their draft of the Farm Bill on their website. The website also includes background information and audit hearings on related agriculture programs.

Tools & Technical Assistance

The Colorado Health Foundation’s quarterly magazine,The Colorado Health Foundation’s Health Elevations Journal, focused their Spring 2012 edition entirely on food systems, the Farm Bill, and food systems innovations in Colorado.

Hunger Free Colorado’s Farm Bill 2012 Initiative focuses specifically on Title IV of the Farm Bill, which authorizes and funds the Supplemental and Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). Their website includes a fact sheet on the importance of protecting and extending SNAP in the 2012 Farm Bill.

Regular Farm Bill policy updates can be found on the websites of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the American Farm Bureau Federation, and the American Farmland Trust.

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) provides Farm Bill advocacy guidance, including media coverage, supporting organizations and studies, and a FAQ section.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) provides in-depth policy analysis on how the Farm Bill will affect issues including hunger, public health, local food production, and more.