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Agriculture and Climate in the Farm Bill

Farm Bill: Climate and Agriculture
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Duke in DC
Beyond Talking Points

Last reauthorized in 2018, the Farm Bill remains one of the most significant and comprehensive pieces of legislation affecting American agriculture and rural communities. This event is the first in a two-part virtual series, "Beyond Talking Points: The Past, Present and Future of the Farm Bill," which aims to provide relevant perspectives on the Farm Bill reauthorization debate.

Originally signed into law in 1933, the legislation was meant to provide a safety net for farmers, ensure a reliable food supply and protect against soil loss in the wake of the Dust Bowl. Today the Farm Bill also includes nutrition assistance programs, rural development, agricultural research and many other initiatives. The discussion will provide an overview of the key issues at stake and offer insights into potential policy solutions that could help address the challenges facing American agriculture and rural communities.

This event will cover matters of climate and sustainability, which will be front and center in discussions about agriculture in the upcoming reauthorization debate. The agriculture program authorized by the Farm Bill supports a range of issues, including soil health, conservation, renewable energy and research. With more frequent severe weather occurrences, the Farm Bill debate will also need to consider the importance of disaster assistance to farmers and ranchers.

Contact: Elizabeth Devitt