2018 Farm Bill Push Begins: Sen. Stabenow Introduces Urban Ag Proposal
The farm bill, which is updated every five years, is the nation’s biggest piece of agricultural legislation. The bill covers everything ag: commodities pricing, crop insurance, nutrition, conservation, and trade are just a few of the twelve titles in the most recent farm bill—the Agricultural Act, which finally passed in 2014. The farm bill isn’t due for an update until 2018, but legislators already have begun planning ahead.
Sen. Stabenow (D-MI), the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, recently introduced the Urban Agriculture Act of 2016, which contains ideas and provisions she hopes will be incorporated into the next farm bill. While her proposal is presented as a solo bill, she said, “This is a bill to start the conversation and create the broad support [that] I think we will have in including urban farming as part of the next farm bill.”
The U.S. EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board staff office has announced plans to hold a public teleconference of the SAB biogenic carbon emissions panel on Oct. 12 as part of its continuing review of the framework for biogenic CO2 emissions from stationary sources first released in November 2014 and updated this February.
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