As the Trump Administration continues to name new people to its team and farmers continue to await confirmation of a Secretary of USDA, I know it will be a while before a new Chief for the Natural Resources Conservation Service is named and takes office.
As we look ahead to a new year, a new Administration and a new farm bill, itÐs important to recognize what works and what doesnÐt. Top of my list of approaches that really work? Voluntary conservationÐno surprise there.
Last month I argued that there is no need for a specific sustainability title in the next farm bill, but that there is a definite need to consider the impact of other titles on sustainability as we advance further into the 21st Century. This month, I want to examine another aspect of s
Thereðs no sustainability title in the 2014 Farm Bill, and there probably shouldnðt be one in the 2018 bill either. But as the next farm bill develops, we need to keep sustainability in the forefront of our thinking as we envision agriculture in the 21st Century.
The 2014 Farm Bill included a number of measures to encourage and support beginning farmers along with others such as socially disadvantaged, limited resource and returning military veteran farmers. There are a plethora of well-intended programs and special provisions or exceptions acr