Farm Bill

Federal Farm Bill 2014: Update on the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program

As we have provided updates on the passage of the 2014 "farm bill" in previous newsletters, we would like to communicate that although the recent bill included language to provide funding for SNAP incentive programs (like Produce Perks) at the national level, that the details around implementation and administration of this public support are still being considered.... Read more »

School Wellness Policies Proposed by First Lady & USDA around marketing to children

Back when the USDA Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was enacted in 2010, school districts were mandated to create local wellness policies to address nutrition education and physical activity standards. Just recently, the USDA and First Lady Michelle Obama announced that these policies being developed by districts across the country should also focus on health messaging and the removal of junk food marketing in classrooms and cafeterias at schools - targeted of course to children.... Read more »

Our local representatives reactions to passing of new federal farm bill

With the passing of the federal farm bill after 3 years of debate-FPC has been receiving many statements through our local representatives' newsletters based on the final conferenced bill.

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, in her February 4th newsletter:

The House and Senate have passed a Farm Bill that wi... Read more »

Farm Bill Update - Will Be Pushed Back Until 2014

In another twist of Farm Bill fate, the bill remains un-passed as congress adjourns for their holiday break. Although the bill is more than 1 year over-due, the Senate and House were still unable to reach a compromise on the Farm Bill by the 2013 year’s end. Hanging in the balance are crop subsidy programs, land conservation programs, as well as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), whose funding has been strung along with a series of extensions and emergency funding streams.... Read more »

A Thanksgiving Federal Food Policy Update

Amidst the party-planning hustle and the turkey-shopping bustle, millions of Americans are struggling to feed their families. Thanksgiving is a natural time to take stock of the things in life you are grateful for, like your family, your health, and the food on your table. It is a natural time to have conversations about where this food comes from, about the systems that allowed you to purchase these foods and about the network of people, animals, businesses, and environmental ecosystems that made your meal possible.... Read more »

Farm Bill Update - Ohio Will Be Significantly Represented at Conference

Amidst the government shut down and the fiscal cliff, congress is facing yet another challenge of bipartisanship. The Farm Bill, officially expired October 1st and one year past initial deadline, appears to finally be approaching a resolution. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have nominated conferees to meet in a series of conference meetings that will resolve the next farm bill. Fortunately, Ohio is represented significantly at the Farm Bill conference, by both the House and the Senate.... Read more »

A Food and Farm Bill Guide to NEO

A guide to federal farm bill programs at work in northeast Ohio.

Ohio Grown: Local Food Creating Local Opportunities

August 9, 2012 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
The Ohio State University Columbus, OH

Ohio Grown: Local Food Creating Opportunities

Keynote Speaker Kathleen Merrigan, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

Come learn about changing policies to support local food economies, local food financing, scaling up, and more.  Full invitation to follow.  Questions? Please contact U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown's office: OhioGrown [at] brown [dot] senate [dot] gov or 1.888.896.OHIO ext. 2

Quarterly Forum: A Food AND Farm Bill

August 15, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Dunham Tavern
6709 Euclid Ave Barn Venue
Cleveland , OH 44103

Please join the Food Policy Coalition and the City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability for our second quarterly forum of 2012. This event on the Federal Farm Bill will be the kick-off  to a series of local food events leading up to the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Summit on Septemeber 20th and 21st. This year's summit has a specific focus on local foods and we couldn't be happier to help build up some more momentum and heighten anticpation!... Read more »

Seasonal High Tunnel workshop for urban farmers TONIGHT!

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge invites you and all interested constituents to take part in an informational workshop on applying, registering, planning, contracting, and practices that impact installing a Seasonal High Tunnel, a Cleveland initiative with the support of Congresswoman Fudge with funding from USDA's Natural Resource and Conservation Services EQUIP program.

If you or anyone you know is an urban farmer seeking funding for hoop houses and other growing initiatives, please plan to attend this workshop.... Read more »