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The Farm Bill Has Expired: Five Reasons That's a Big Deal

There's plenty at stake in the Food and Farm Bill—that tome of legislation covering everything from farmers markets to food stamps to farmland...


There's plenty at stake in the Food and Farm Bill—that tome of legislation covering everything from farmers markets to food stamps to farmland conservation. As of two days ago, our 2008 Farm Bill has officially expired, with no viable replacement. What does this mean? While big programs like SNAP (food stamps) are safe for now, several other lesser-known programs are left abandoned, or risk losing their funding altogether. Here are five programs that might matter to you.

1.) Are you a regular at your local farmers market? With the expiration of the farm bill, new farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, and roadside stands do not have access to startup funds.

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Let's Do This: Tell Congress to Strengthen International Food Aid

Malnutrition is no fun, to put it mildly. Help us make sure the world's most vulnerable people are getting the most out of U.S. food aid programs.

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All month GOOD has been shining a light on the Farm Bill, the omnibus legislation that dictates food policy in the United States, and which will soon be up for debate in the House of Representatives. The bill only comes up for review every 5 years, which is why it is especially important for members of the public to now voice their support or concerns with the draft Farm Bill that will be debated.

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American Neo-Gothic: Meet the Newest Crop of Farmers

Young farmers are knee deep in local agriculture and despite the huge challenges of making a living farming, they're thrilled with their calling.

In a time of deep economic uncertainty and concerns with our food system, interest is gaining around one of the oldest and most noble vocations. From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Philomath, Oregon, these 21 young farmers are knee deep in local agriculture and despite the tremendous challenges of making a living farming, they're thrilled with their calling. Meet the newest crop of American farmers.

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Let's Do This: Six Farm Bill Amendments You Should Probably Support

Right now, Congress is debating a giant bill that will set the rules for America's food system for years to come. Help us make sure it isn't terrible.

The Farm Bill is an enormous and very important piece of legislation that determines what farmers grow and, as a consequence, what Americans eat. You might not know it from listening to the news, but the bill is being debated in Congress right now.

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The National Crop Reserve: An Old-School Plan We Need Again

We don't need to cut food stamps in the Farm Bill to make ends meet. The same crop reserve system that served us well for decades should be revived.

We're spending the month of June trying to understand how America's food system got so out of shape—and what we can do about it. As part of this series, called Forked Up, we asked experts from several nonprofit organizations to tell us their food system solutions. Here's Siena Chrisman from WhyHunger.

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The GOOD Fair Food Toolkit

Want to help fix America's flawed food system? Here are ideas you can implement at the personal, local, and national levels.

The Farm Bill is currently up for reauthorization. This federal piece of legislation, which comes up for approval every five years or so, enacts sweeping policies that set the rules for America’s agricultural system. From protecting industrial-scale agricultural monopolies to subsidizing commodity crops like corn, cotton, and soybeans to allocating funding for federal nutrition programs, the Farm Bill impacts virtually every bite of food Americans consume.

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