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Farm Bill 2023: Federation Priorities

For 56 years, the Federation has worked to improve stability for Black Farmers, landowners, cooperatives and rural communities all over the South.  The U.S. farm bill is up for renewal this year. It's a sweeping piece of legislation comprising 12 titles that contain provisions for food stamps, disaster aid, and agricultural subsidies. Lawmakers have until September 30th to complete the legislation, but the Senate Agriculture Committee requires Farm priorities to be submitted by March 31st for consideration in the earliest draft of the Farm Bill.

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13 Percent Conservation Set Aside
Conservation/Credit Application
Heir Property Relending Program
Increasing FSA Microloan Limit/Farm Operating Loan Limit
FSA Loan Collateralization
Farm & Student Loan Forgiveness

March 17, 2023 

The Senate Agriculture Committee is inching closer to drafting a new farm bill, and many of the committee’s members are working to include their priorities in the upcoming legislation. Among that group is Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock, who joins Agri-Pulse Newsmakers to discuss what he wants to see from the next farm bill as well as offer his thoughts on USDA’s implementation of disadvantaged producer relief. 

Then, Dãnia Davy with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and USDA Equity Commission co-chair Dewayne Goldmon join a panel discussion on where things stand on efforts to address long standing issues facing minority farmers and what the federal government can do to address them.

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FEB 28th, 2023 Federation Live

Our Director of Land Retention & Advocacy, Dãnia Davy, discusses a recent National Family Farm Coalition Farm Bill Advocacy trip to Washington D. C. with Mississippi State Coordinator Ben Burkett.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. Fly-In

February 2023 

The Federation's Advocacy Institute helps Black farmers, landowners, and cooperatives to advocate for policies and programs that fit their unique needs. Thereby strengthening the impact of our advocacy work which is crafted by listening to our membership of Black farmers, landowners, and cooperatives' personal experiences.

 

The Federation's Advocacy Institute recruits members who want to improve their Advocacy skills.

 

Member advocates receive training in:

  1. developing an advocacy agenda

  2. grassroots organizing

  3. building rapport with elected officials

  4. storytelling for an advocacy audience

  5. how to participate in visits to educate legislators

  6. how to testify in front of the membership of an elected body.

  • The cost of any travel for training or advocacy events will be covered, and member advocates will receive a stipend for their participation.

  • Seventy members will be able to participate this year.

  • Enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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