The 2013 Farm Bill: An Opportunity for Change

Vol. 28 No. 2

Mr. Eubanks is a partner at the public interest environmental law firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal and on the adjunct faculty at Vermont Law School and American University’s Washington College of Law.

After much deliberation, creative differences left Congress mired in a political struggle at the end of 2012 without reauthorizing the farm bill—legislation that governs all things farming, from price supports for commodity crops, incentives for conservation programs and biofuel production, to funding for food-related research and innovation. See Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Pub. L. No. 110-246, 122 Stat. 923 (2008). Despite the partisan conflicts, as a new Congress resumes discussion about the farm bill, there are promising opportunities for targeted reforms that, if adopted and strengthened, can ensure a more ecologically sustainable, nutritious, and transparent domestic farming and food system. This article explores five key areas of reform worthy of congressional consideration.

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