Greetings San Diego Food System Champions,
I write you all from Seattle, where we moved recently, but I know that some of you would still like to hear about the Farm Bill from Rural Coalition's vantage.
Yes, it's mostly bad, except for industrial hemp.
Below (and attached) you will find info on the Farm Bill Amendments with RC's quick and dirty analysis, and an organizational sign on letter focused on equity [https://goo.gl/forms/of38KOUKCePYl3sn2 ]
Also feel free to write me, especially if you have interest in hearing about anything in particular or related to the other titles not covered here. (For instance, I just received a really good analysis on forestry.)
All the best,
Director, Research and Evaluation
Rural Coalition, Washington D.C. and Seattle, WA
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From: Lorette Picciano <lpic...@ruralco.org>
Date: Fri, May 11, 2018 at 7:09 PM
Subject: RC UPDATE - FARM BILL FLOOR VOTE - Bad stuff, but 3 INDUSTRIAL HEMP AMENDMENTS
Link below is to the Amendment List for the House Farm Bill Vote next week.
There are 96 and a not very readable list of them is attached. We have not read them all!! For details go to this link:.
A few highlights:
1) Remember these amendments would be added to an already very bad bill
- Text of H.R. 2 PDF XML
Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (as reported)
that profoundly reduce the funding and access to SNAP. There are $800 Million in Conservation cuts and $500 million cuts in RD. There is other bad language on pesticides and numerous other issues, including language that weakens the 2501 program, tho it continues current funding.
Bad things in Amendments
The amendments include weakening of clean water protections (#16 repeals the Clean Water Rule and # 17 defined "Navigable Waters' not in a good way), adding more burdens to SNAP, including the awful language banning people with certain convictions from SNAP for life (#74 by Holding, NC and Reed, NY).
Concerning things we need you to review:
One by Steve King, #56 would make drainage districts eligible for EQIP in the same way irrigation associations (acequias) were made eligible. But these are very different, and some may be very costly with an impact of redirecting more EQIP funds away from who really needs the program.
There are others related to the Forest Service that we encourage you to review.
#78 - On endangered species and acquatic species- needs review
The Faso Amendment #42 is being viewed favorably on conservation, we are interested in your views.
Three amendments are on industrial hemp.
# 45 Barr is a protection for banks lending to hemp businesess.
#54 Massie and Polis, is really the McConnell Bill from the Senate that sets up a whole new regulatory scheme but may have more viability.
#63 Comer, etal is a cleaner deregulation.
ACTION UPDATESRemember that the Assist Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Act of 2018 will be introduced Monday, May 14 in the Senate by Sen Chris
Van Hollen and Sen Tina Smith and in the House by Rep. Lujan-Grisham.
The Heirs Property Bill is moving along and Sen Doug Jones and Rep Marcia Fudge are hoping to jointly introduce it on May 21.
Encourage all your members to cosponsor both.
Letter is attached.
STAY TUNED ALL AND THANKS FOR ALL YOUR GOOD WORK!!
Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural
1029 Vermont Ave NW Suite 601
Washington, DC 20005