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    The Farm Bill: Principles and Priorities

     

    "It is a truly pressing duty to use the earth's resources in such a way that all may be free from hunger."
    -- Pope Francis, World Day of Peace, January 1, 2014

    WHAT'S NEW?

    Letter to Senate on Cargo Preference Regarding U.S. Flagged Ships
    Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, May 28, 2014

    USCCB and National Catholic Partners Respond to Farm Bill Conference Committee Bill
    January 29, 2014

    Joint Letter to Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee
    Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, Bishop Richard E. Pates, Fr. Larry Snyder, Dr. Carolyn Woo, Mr. James Ennis, and Ms. Sheila Gilbert, November 1, 2013


    Joint Letter to House Farm Bill Conference Committee
    Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, Bishop Richard E. Pates, Fr. Larry Snyder, Dr. Carolyn Woo, Mr. James Ennis, and Ms. Sheila Gilbert, November 1, 2013



    Current Advocacy Position

    The U.S. Bishops declared that "the primary goals of agricultural policies should be providing food for all people and reducing poverty among farmers and farmworkers in this country and abroad." (For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food: Catholic Reflections on Food, Farmers and Farmworkers).

    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the National Catholic Rural Life Conference (NCRLC), Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have worked closely to support policies in the Farm Bill that support rural communities and family farms; strengthen and expand domestic anti-hunger programs; promote conservation and good stewardship of the land; ensure safe living and working conditions for farmworkers; promote fairness for farmers in developing countries; and provide food security aid efficiently and effectively to hungry people worldwide.

    Legislative Documents, Letters, and Statements

    Letter to House Urging Opposition to SNAP Cuts
    Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, September 11, 2013

    Letter to House Urging Protection of Food Stamps
    Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, July, 10, 2013

    Joint Letter to House of Representatives on the Farm Bill
    Bishop Stephen Blaire, Bishop Richard Pates, Rev. Larry Snyder, Dr. Carolyn Woo, Mr. James Ennis, and Ms. Sheila Gilbert
    June 17, 2013


    Joint Letter to Senate Agriculture Committee on the Farm Bill
    Bishop Stephen Blaire, Bishop Richard Pates, Rev. Larry Snyder, Dr. Carolyn Woo, Mr. James Ennis
    May 9, 2013


    Joint Letter to House Agriculture Committee on the Farm Bill
    Bishop Stephen Blaire, Bishop Richard Pates, Rev. Larry Snyder, Dr. Carolyn Woo, Mr. James Ennis
    May 9, 2013


    House Committee on Agriculture Advances Farm Bill
    July 12, 2012

    Joint Letter to House Agriculture Committee on the Farm Bill
    Bishop Stephen Blaire, Bishop Richard Pates, Dr. Carolyn Woo, Mr. James Ennis
    July 10, 2012

    Farm Bill Testimony Submitted for the House Committee on Agriculture's Record
    USCCB, CRS, NCRLC
    May 17, 2012

    Letter to House Committee on Agriculture Concerning Cuts to Food Stamps
    Bishop Stephen E. Blaire
    April 16, 2012


    Risk Management and Commodities in the 2012 Farm Bill: Testimony Submitted
    for the Record to Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

    USCCB, CRS, NCRLC
    March 14, 2012


    Joint Letter to Senate on the Farm Bil
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    Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, Bishop Richard E. Pates,
    Rev. Larry Snyder, Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, Mr. James F. Ennis
    March 6, 2012

    Primers, Backgrounders, and Educational Materials


    Farm Bill Backgrounder
    February 2013

    Farm Bill Backgrounder
    February 2012


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