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Shaping a Better Farm Bill for New York State: Listening Sessions
A new Farm Bill is on the horizon. Let your voice be heard and help create a NYS Farm Bill policy platform by attending a series of virtual listening sessions co-hosted by Equity Advocates, Black Farmers United NYS and Food for the Spirit.

What is the Farm Bill?
The Farm Bill is a federal law renewed every five years that governs our farm and food policy. ​The most recent Farm Bill, the Agricultural Act of 2018, expires September 2023. This is an opportunity to reshape our food system and build upon the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has continued to highlight the importance of our local and regional food systems and supply chains as NYS recovers from the ongoing health and economic impact of the pandemic.

About the Listening Sessions
Join Equity Advocates, Black Farmers United NYS and Food for the Spirit for a series of Farm Bill listening sessions. Your input will directly inform the NYC Food Policy Alliance’s Farm Bill campaign, led in partnership between Equity Advocates and Black Farmers United NYS. During each session, we will review a brief history of the Farm Bill, the legislative process, and opportunities for practitioners to inform the direction of the 2023 Farm Bill. Then we will hear directly from you about your experiences with UDSA programs and how the 2023 Farm Bill can support land access and urban agriculture, climate change, community food project funding, nutrition, local and regional food systems, and more. You do not need previous knowledge of Farm Bill or advocacy to participate.

August 25: Urban Agriculture and Food Justice (Urban Agriculture Grants; Community Food Projects; Farm to School)

September 7: Local and Regional Food Systems (Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program; 2501 Program; Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program; Regional Food Systems Partnership; Nutrition Incentives)

September 15: Benefits & Emergency Food Distribution (Commodity Supplemental Food, SNAP, TEFAP)
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