Farm Bill 2012
The Farm Bill is a huge piece of legislation that literally shapes the American farm and food landscape.
In This Series
Congress extends farm bill, still manages to screw sustainable farmers
When Congress passed a nine-month farm bill extension as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations, it disappointed sustainable food advocates around the country.
Congress has three choices on the farm bill: Pass, renew, or flake
As lawmakers return from their August recess, and the current farm bill gets dangerously close to expiring, a whole host of sustainable food policies are at risk of disappearing.
The lesser of two evils: Why food advocates are pushing for a farm bill they don’t love
Sustainable food advocates don't like the farm bills drafted by the House or the Senate, but they're pushing Congress to pass a final bill before the current one runs out Sept. 30 anyway.
Insult to injury: How the House snuck protection for GMOs into its farm bill
On top of huge cuts to food stamps and big giveaways to Big Ag, the just-passed House farm bill also includes a special provision to protect the biotech industry.
Stamp of disapproval: House farm bill to gut nutrition program
In its new draft of the farm bill, the House of Representatives is pushing for $16.5 billion in food stamp cuts.
Pushing for local food in the farm bill: An interview with Chellie Pingree
Rep. Chellie Pingree introduced the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act to make sure small-scale agriculture doesn't get left out of this year's farm bill.
Celebrity chefs and food movement leaders tell Congress: ‘This farm bill stinks’
With the bill on the Senate floor, Mario Batali, Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, and nearly 70 other food luminaries have signed a historic letter to Congress.
The way we farm now: Fruit and vegetables vs. commodity crops [INFOGRAPHIC]
Did you know that if everyone in the country wanted to eat their daily recommendations of fruit and vegetables we wouldn't have nearly enough? See the big picture of American farming in this infographic.
Politicians, advocates make an 11th-hour push for a better farm bill
Do you have something to say about the $85 billion bill that will shape the nation's food and farming landscape for the next five years? Congress is digging down into the details, but it's not too late to chime in.