The Farm Bill: Principles and Priorities

The Farm Bill: Principles and Priorities

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.

Primers, Backgrounders, and Educational Materials

Farm Bill Backgrounder
February 2013

Farm Bill Backgrounder
February 2012

Advocacy and Policy Letters and Statements on the Farm Bill

2018

Joint Letter to House Praising Bipartisan, Compromise Farm Bill and Farm Bill Conference Committee Report
Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Mr. Sean Callahan, Sr. Donna Markham, Mr. James Ennis, Mr Ralph Middlecamp
December 12, 2018

Joint Letter to Senate on Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018
Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Mr. Sean Callahan, Sr. Donna Markham, Mr. James Ennis, Mr Ralph Middlecamp
June 28, 2018

Joint Letter Sent in Response to Chairman's Mark of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018
Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Mr. Sean Callahan, Sr. Donna Markham, Mr. James Ennis, Mr Ralph Middlecamp
April 18, 2018

Joint Letter to Congress Regarding 2018 Farm Bill
Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Mr. Sean Callahan, Sr. Donna Markham, Mr. James Ennis, Mr Ralph Middlecamp
February 5, 2018

2013-2014

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

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

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, Catholic Relief Services, National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 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, Catholic Relief Services, National Catholic Rural Life Conference, March 14, 2012

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

Prior to 2012

Letter to Congress on Reauthorization of the 2008 Farm Bill
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, Mr. Jim Ennis, Mr. Ken Hackett, May 12, 2008

Letter to Farm Bill Conferees
Bishop William Murphy, Bishop Thomas Wenski, Rev. Larry Snyder, Timothy Kautza, Ken Hackett, February 21, 2008

Letter to the Senate on 2007 Farm Bill
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, Rev. Larry Snyder, Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore, Ken Hackett, November 6, 2007

Letter to Senate Committees on Agriculture and Finance on 2007 Farm Bill 
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, Rev. Larry Snyder, Timothy J. Kautza, Ken Hackett, October 4, 2007

Letter to House on the Farm Bill
Bishop Thomas Wenski, July 26, 2007

Letter on Farm Subsidies to House Subcommittee on Farm Commodities and Risk Management 
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Rev. Larry Snyder, Timothy Kautza, Ken Hackett, June 15, 2007

Letter on Nutrition Programs to House Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Rev. Larry Snyder, Timothy Kautza, Ken Hackett, June 14, 2007

Letter to US House of Representatives on Farm Bill
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Rev. Larry Snyder, Br. David Andrews, Ken Hackett, June 6, 2007

Letter to US House of Representatives on Conservation Initiatives in the Farm Bill
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Rev. Larry Snyder, Br. David Andrews, Ken Hackett, May 23, 2007

Press Release on the Farm Bill
January 19, 2007, Religious Working Group