Green Fields, Broad Impacts: Unpacking the Environmental Implications of the 2023 Farm Bill

October 31, 2023 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
Hybrid (in-person in DC & via webinar)

An ELI Public Seminar

The Farm Bill must be reauthorized by Congress every five years, and many of its programs expired on September 30th. This important legislation has taken on increased significance as a deeply divided Congress works to draft a bipartisan bill that will strongly influence what farmers grow, where, and how they grow it.

Please join the Environmental Law Institute and expert panelists for a discussion about what the Farm Bill is and why it is one of the most important environmental laws Congress will address this year. Speakers will explain the wide and significant impact that agriculture has on all aspects of the environment, including climate change. What programs are funded by the Farm Bill? How do they affect our food and farming system? How does the Farm Bill impact communities and BIPOC farmers, and what proposals have been made in 2023 to address those impacts? Our speakers will discuss these questions and many more.

Peter Lehner, Managing Attorney, Sustainable Food & Farming Program, Earthjustice, Moderator
Bidisha Bhattacharyya, Senior Advisor, Climate and Conservation for Farm Production and Conservation, United States Department of Agriculture
Michael DrysdaleOf Counsel, Dorsey & Whitney
Vanessa Garcia Polanco, Director of Government Relations, National Young Farmers Coalition
Sheila Korth, Senior Policy Analyst, Taxpayers for Common Sense
Mike Lavender, Policy Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

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