Join us for a look at the current Farm Bill reauthorization process, competing and cooperative interests that shape its policies, and the impact potential new changes will have on Minnesota. Connecting all these pieces, we’ll also feature a discussion on how the Farm Bill can best support vibrant and sustainable Minnesota communities. View the agenda »
- Ben Anderson, Federal Policy Organizer, Land Stewardship Project
- LeAnn Buck, Executive Director, Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
- Zach Ducheneaux, Intertribal Agriculture Council & Native Farm Bill Coalition (Invited)
- Curtis Elke, Acting State Conservationist, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (Invited)
- Brad Finstad, State Director of Minnesota, USDA Rural Development (Invited)
- Teresa Kittridge, Vice President & COO, Rural Policy Research Institute
- Tina May, Senior Director of Sustainability, Land O’ Lakes, Inc. (Invited)
- Joe Smentek, Director of Public Affairs, Minnesota Soybean (Invited)
- Kevin Stukenberg, Senior Risk Management Specialist, USDA Risk Management Agency
About the Federal Farm Bill
No matter your focus— agricultural land conservation, food security, rural economic development, education, water policy, etc.— you’re probably aware of the Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill. It’s a broad piece of legislation that shapes federal programs and that impacts food access, agriculture, and rural development. This legislation and the funding it authorizes have far-reaching impacts on virtually every community in Minnesota and are particularly critical to the future of rural areas.
The Farm Bill must be reauthorized every four years, and with each reauthorization, it changes in size, scope, and the problems it tries to address. Historically, the Farm Bill is a bipartisan piece of legislation, even in politically divided times, thanks to the broad coalition of interests behind it. However, our current political climate challenges even the strongest of bipartisan coalitions, and the Farm Bill is making headlines for concerns as diverse as the programs it supports.