This past December, Congress finalized the 2018 farm bill––but that was only the first half of the process! Now begins the second half –– USDA administrative implementation, where legislative victories are won or lost. Regardless of which farm bill issues you work on and care about, USDA will play a role in how each and every aspect of the farm bill is rolled out on the ground.
This briefing will allow you to dig in and learn how the USDA administrative implementation process works, including the role of Congress, and hear from leading sustainable agriculture, rural development, and food system experts about the topline Farm Bill implementation issues they will be championing. Most importantly, you will have the opportunity for networking and collaboration, and you will leave this briefing with a clear understanding of how and where the grantmaking community can engage to broaden the impact of farm and rural policy in communities across the country.