2023 FARM BILL
Promoting faithful agricultural policy to preserve and protect creation.
Our goal is that the 2023 Farm Bill is one that truly reduces greenhouse gas emissions and provides broad environmental benefits while increasing equity and justice among those who produce food and agricultural goods and improving the lives of people in rural communities.
We seek a Farm Bill that:
Increases Equitable and Just Land Transition
Supporting land succession that helps producers retire and provides affordable and equitable access for new, beginning, and historically marginalized farmers and land stewards. Fund and support programs that provide grants and loans, agricultural easements, farmer to farmer education, and technical assistance to increase land transition and access that encourages smaller, sustainable models of agriculture.
Moves conservation funds from the Inflation Reduction Act to the permanent Farm Bill funding baseline
Supports and expands local food systems by increasing food sovereignty and ensuring the ability of communities to produce, procure, and distribute high quality nutritious foods
Grow opportunities for entrepreneurship and careers in food and agriculture. Increase funding and program support for programs such as farmers markets, fruit and vegetable producers, small and mid-sized meat processing, heirloom grain processing, etc.
Accelerates the transition to true, clean renewable energy on farms and in rural communities
Making it easier to access funds from USDA programs that will increase wind, solar, geothermal, energy efficiency and battery storage on farms and in rural communities; Increasing funds and access to programs that help farms and rural communities decrease energy costs.
Supports the development of rural economies and communities in ways that reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Increasing funds for and access to programs that increase affordable rural housing powered by clean and efficient energy and heating and cooling systems; grows electric vehicle charging infrastructure in rural places; supports rural hospitals to transition to clean energy; creates more walkable and bikeable rural communities, encourages infill, mixed use, and brownfield redevelopment; increases green infrastructure; extends broadband; funds the establishment of additional natural landscapes in rural communities; Provides increased technical assistance to enable faster and easier access to USDA funds for rural communities on these things.
Shifts power (funding and resources) towards more beneficial practices that promote ecosystem and human health
Shifts power to farmers and people in rural communities and away from consolidated power and corporate control in agriculture and food systems
We seek to democratize the Farm Bill, both in the process of drafting the Farm Bill and the outcomes it creates, so that more people inform and benefit from the Farm Bill’s programs.
Support Our Farm Bill Goals
Are you an Iowan of faith and conscience that believes a faithful farm bill is possible?
Iowans of faith and conscience are vital to solve the climate crisis and must be engaged through grassroots power to take action on the Farm Bill. Faith-rooted climate action allows us to engage in unlikely spaces necessary for this work.
Deaconess Irene DeMaris
FEATURED FAITH FARM & CLIMATE
“I want to be able to pass this land off to my children, nieces, or nephews with the goal of preserving it in the family. It is my goal not to force this farm on the next generation, but to equip them to make good management decisions, even if they are not the ones actively farming the ground.”
“You can’t run a farm alone. We are hopeful for the future. We all want the farm to stay organic and in our family. We want to care for the land and water in the healthiest ways possible.”
I see God’s hand in the seasons of change that vary from year to year, yet support a way of life. I enjoy caring for the land and growing crops. I find enjoyment with each new crop of calves and lambs. I find it a privilege to be able to provide for others.
CALLED TO CLIMATE ACTION
FAITH FARMS & CLIMATE
TEACHING & PREACHING