The old Farm Bill expired back in 2012 and many in the food and anti-hunger realms have been anxiously awaiting the new one. This week, Congress passed the bill and sent it on to President Obama, who is expected to sign it today. Modern Farmer got it right when they said, “If there is one word to describe the nearly 1000-page bill, it’s compromise. No one is entirely happy with the results, but just about everybody is happy to have results”
Notably, farmers markets will be able to become more accessible. Unfortunately, $4 billion was controversially cut from conversation programs which may have wide reaching negative impacts for our environment and wealthy farmers continue to be subsidized.
This compromise of a bill may be the best we can hope for in our current political climate. See the financial break-down here.