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Reforming the 2014 Farm Bill: Farm Policy for the 21st Century
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Keeping Farmers on the Land

American Farmland Trust supported a variety of programs in the Farm Bill to help keep farmers competitive and on their land. The bill reinvests and expands funding to a variety of programs to improve access to fresh food through local and regional food systems, to help beginning farmers and ranchers, and to promote farmers markets. All of these programs benefit both farmers and consumers, and are critical for farmers seeking to remain viable and on their land.

Specific programmatic details include:

  • Reauthorization of $63 million for Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG) and an additional $40 million per year in possible funding. VAPG helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income.
  • The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program is provided $100 million in funding and an additional $30 million per year of possible funding to support training, education, outreach, and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers or ranchers.
  • The Farmers Market Promotion Program will receive $150 million as well as an additional $10 million per year in possible funding to help improve and expand domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agri-tourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.
  • Specialty Crop Block Grants are reauthorized at $72.5 million per year, and $85 million in fiscal year 2018 to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops.


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