NSAC 2012 Farm Bill Priorities
NSAC will advocate for federal farm policy reforms in the 2012 Farm Bill to achieve a healthier, more just and environmentally sustainable food and farming system. This Farm Bill should advance a broad set of values and objectives that promote:
; natural resource conservation and incentives to farmers for providing environmental and
climate change mitigation benefits.
; farming opportunity, fair competition, widespread ownership of land, and support for small
and mid-sized farms and beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. ; local and regional food system development, production diversification, specialty crop
production, public health, and long-term food security.
NSAC has identified twelve reforms for the 2012 Farm Bill that can achieve this new vision for agriculture. The 2012 Farm Bill should:
； Include a robust and well funded Conservation Title to support working lands
conservation programs, conservation easement and farmland preservation programs,
sustainable agriculture, and organic transition assistance.
； Re-align a portion of current production subsidies to programs that reward farmers
and ranchers for the multiple and ongoing environmental and climate benefits delivered by
their farming systems and practices.
； Strengthen conservation compliance measures to ensure federal farm program and
crop insurance recipients are achieving basic soil and water resource protection.
； Create climate-friendly program options that fully recognize the inherent value of
sustainable and organic farming systems in addressing climate change.
； Increase research and extension efforts to foster organic and sustainable agriculture
systems, economic viability for small and mid-sized farmers and ranchers, public
breeding initiatives for regionally adapted cultivars, and sustainable economic and
； Facilitate rural entrepreneurship and strong, streamlined rural economic and
community development initiatives.
； Reinvigorate local and regional agricultural economies and food systems to improve
processing and distribution channels that create new market opportunities for small and
mid-sized farms and healthier food choices for consumers.
； Ensure fair and competitive agricultural markets which are viable over the long-term.
； Support the entry and development of beginning farmers and ranchers through
significant investment in innovative programs that facilitate access to land, credit,
technical assistance and, and markets.
； Support socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers including women, minorities
and farmworkers and the organizations that serve them; identify barriers to their
participation in USDA programs and remove them.
； Maintain and strengthen farm credit options and access and availability of innovative
； Create workable crop and whole farm revenue insurance options for diversified
farming operations, value-added agriculture, direct marketing operations, organic
agriculture, and new and beginning farmers.