Fair credit access would enable more farmers to sustain and grow our operations, support our families and feed our communities, helping us to thrive economically and remain resilient.
Congress must take action in the 2023 Farm Bill to ensure basic borrower protections for farmers, that farmer loan terms are flexible and equitable, and that there is strong institutional oversight of FSA lending practices to prevent discrimination.
More than half of the farmland in the United States is expected to change hands in the next 10-15 years, and TIAA and other pension fund managers are major players, wielding incredible economic power,
Comments on USDA’s implementation of important programs in the 2018 farm bill, including those to support minority farmers, local food systems, credit access, federal investment in ag research, keeping important research agencies in Washington, DC, and more.
National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC) applauds the rejection of punitive work requirements to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the inclusion of several “small but mighty” provisions in the final text of the farm bill released today, including measures developed by NFFC to improve credit access. However, NFFC does not support the overall status quo direction of the bill, which does not go far enough to improve the lives and livelihoods of family farmers and rural communities.
As the farm bill conference committee attempts to finalize the bill before the end of the current Congress, the National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC) urges the federal government to focus more on policy to support family farmers and rural communities, and less on stripping benefits from vulnerable populations. According to reports, farm bill negotiations have considered draconian work requirements for SNAP recipients and harmful changes to forest management policies, while not addressing fair compensation for producers or the ongoing corporate concentration that is hollowing out rural areas.
National coalition praises details, criticizes big picture as conference committee begins deliberations.
Neither the House or Senate version of the farm bill goes nearly far enough to truly improve the lives and livelihoods of family farmers and rural communities.