2018 Farm Bill
Food policy councils and their members are uniquely poised to influence food policy at many levels. The state, national, and local policies and programs that dictate how our food is produced, processed, distributed, and purchased have huge impacts on the health of our communities. Organizations and individuals who make up food policy councils have the skills and insights to make these policies and programs possible and effective. The Pittsburgh Food Policy Council wants to encourage its members to get involved with food policy as it is being formed, in order to champion the interests of the communities they represent.
The 2018 Farm Bill Guide aims to help PFPC’s members gain a basic understanding of the Farm Bill, a key piece of federal legislation that affects many aspects of our food system, and access the information and resources you need to advocate around the issues you care about. This guide includes background information on the Farm Bill and the programs it governs, tips on engaging with representatives, and additional resources to further your advocacy efforts. The next Farm Bill is due to be passed in September 2018, but the conversation is already heating up regarding several key issues. Now is the time to start organizing your efforts to make your community’s voice heard in the 2018 Farm Bill debates. We hope this guide,and additional links, will give you the encouragement and help you need to do so!
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