Our Farm Bill, Our Future

The farm bill shapes virtually every aspect of the U.S. food and agricultural system—what kind of food farmers grow, how it is grown, how much it costs, who has access to land and resources to farm, and what kind of farms are likely to succeed.

The farm bill expired in September 2023 and we are nearing the end of its extension, making the months ahead critical. Certainly, the farm bill is our single greatest opportunity to realize our vision for a future where sustainable and organic farmers thrive, local food nourishes our communities, and agricultural practices protect and enhance our environment.

Working together, OEFFA members and our partners were able to secure many important wins in the 2018 Farm Bill that have helped begin to reshape our food and agricultural system for the better. But, with your help, we aim to do even more in the new farm bill!

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OEFFA met with farmers and consumers across Ohio to learn about their vision for a sustainable food and farming system, revealing five key values that comprise the OEFFA Farm Bill Platform. Now, it’s up to all of us to stand together and build the power we need to create these changes. Sign up to get involved!

Promoting soil health and climate resilience through conservation policy
Promoting Soil Health and Climate Resilience Through Conservation Policy
Increasing investments in local and regional food systems
Increasing Investments in Local and Regional Food Systems
Addressing consolidation in the food and agriculture system
Addressing Consolidation in the Food and Agriculture System
Investing in organic and sustainable research
Investing in
Organic and Sustainable Research
Providing more support for beginning and BIPOC farmers
Providing More Support for Beginning and BIPOC Farmers

Promoting Soil Health and Climate Resilience Through Conservation Policy

OEFFA members believe it’s essential to our future to invest in the health of our soil and build climate resilience.

OEFFA supports increased investments in resources and technical assistance that make it easier for farmers to be good stewards of the land, including successful conservation programs like EQIP and CSP.

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HEAR IT FROM A FARMER
Watch why organic grain farmer Scott Myers thinks climate solutions should be part of the next farm bill.

Increasing Investments in Local and Regional Food Systems

OEFFA members believe that making transformative investments in diverse, local, and regional food systems is essential for our future.

OEFFA supports federal programs that empower small-scale agriculture and local entities to be good neighbors and community builders, including making investments in our supply chain, regional processing facilities, and the Local Agriculture Market Program.

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HEAR IT FROM A FARMER
Watch why urban farmer Alex Ball thinks the next farm bill should invest in small, community farms.

Addressing Consolidation in the Food and Agriculture System

OEFFA members believe that agricultural consolidation disadvantages family farmers and the diverse regional food systems essential for a resilient future. Federal policy and a crop insurance program that works for everyone can help to level the playing field.

OEFFA supports common sense payment limits to ensure that government assistance reaches more farmers who need it and less is focused on the largest farms. We also support fair and transparent contracts that protect the best interests of farmers.

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HEAR IT FROM A FARMER
Watch why business owner Michelle Ajamian thinks the farm bill should invest in community processors.

Investing in Organic and Sustainable Research

OEFFA members support a transformative investment in organic and sustainable research to address our nation’s most urgent challenges.

OEFFA supports program expenditures that help organic and sustainable farmers receive a fair share of federal research dollars. Investments in organic and sustainable agriculture benefit all farmers by helping them grow responsibly and profitably and build resilience to climate disruption.

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HEAR IT FROM A FARMER
Watch why business owner Abbe Turner thinks the farm bill should invest in farmer-led research.

Providing More Support for Beginning and BIPOC Farmers

OEFFA members believe that providing more support for beginning and BIPOC farmers is necessary to build an equitable, robust, and resilient food system for our future.

OEFFA supports making USDA programs more accessible, incentivizing farm transition to beginning and BIPOC farmers, increasing technical and financial assistance, and investing in urban agriculture.

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HEAR IT FROM A FARMER
Watch why beginning farmer Jonathan Greer thinks the farm bill should invest in BIPOC farmers.

Farm Bill News

Farmer speaks at House Agriculture Committee meeting about the farm bill

Representatives Kaptur, Bustos Bring Farm Bill Listening Session to Ohio

U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and the House Agriculture Committee held a listening session in Fremont, Ohio attended by more than 200 people.

Key Marker Bills for the 2023 Farm Bill

This blog highlights the key marker bills OEFFA is supporting. They are broken down into each of our five 2023 Farm Bill priorities: increasing investments in local and regional food systems; addressing consolidation; investing in organic research; promoting soil health and climate resilience; and providing support for beginning and BIPOC farmers.

OEFFA staff and members visit Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to talk about the 2023 Farm Bill with Ohio's Congressional leaders

OEFFA Hits Capitol Hill to Talk about the 2023 Farm Bill

OEFFA members and staff were on Capitol Hill as part of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s winter meeting and lobby day. They met with federal legislators to talk about OEFFA’s priorities in the 2023 Farm Bill.

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