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    Preparing for the 2023 Farm Bill

    The Farm Bill is a major piece of legislation developed every five years that shapes our food and farming system. The work to shape what the 2023 Farm Bill looks like will be done this year.  This legislation impacts conservation programs, nutrition programs, farm credit, rural development, local foods, crop insurance, agriculture and climate change, and much more. For an excellent overview of the Farm Bill, see this primer from our partners at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. We want your input about how to use the Farm Bill as an opportunity to create a more resilient, fair, and healthy food system. The voices of our members, as farmers and…

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    Why Farm Bill Conservation Programs Matter (and What You Can Do About It)

    good conservation practices = healthy soil and clean water = resilient farms = nutritious food = a vibrant society OEFFA’s member-farmers work hard every day to practice good conservation on their land.  They plant cover crops to feed the soil and protect it from erosion.  They create buffers of grass, trees, and shrubs, that draw carbon from the atmosphere and protect our waterways and find creative ways to improve habitat for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife.  Farmers are increasingly looking to expand their practices to include no- and reduced-tillage systems, rotational grazing, alley crops, and agroforestry.  All of these practices can help farmers produce food while also improving soil conditions…