There have been many twists and turns in the farm bill process, making it hard to predict what comes next. On October 1, 2013, in a turn of events that surprised many, Congress let the 2008 farm bill extension expire without a plan to pass a new one. As of this writing, we don’t yet know whether Congress will be successful in passing a new farm bill, or if they will pass another extension of the 2008 bill, or neither. Either way, join us to hear about the status of the bill and USDA programs that are critical to organic and sustainable farmers.
Ariane Lotti, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Washington, DC;
Kathleen Merrigan, former Deputy Secretary of the USDA, Washington, D.C.;
Brise Tencer, California Certified Organic Farmers, Santa Cruz, CA.