ON Wed, Feb 26, 2019 at 9 am EST, there will be a Farm Bill Listening Session that you can listen online free and without pre-registration. 

This program will share what is anticipated for programs being supported through the 2018 Farm bill.  Following this listening session all are welcome to submit comments regarding any of these programs that are aimed to serve agriculture world and food and nutrition human services.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture is hosting a listening session for initial input on the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Risk Management Agency. Each agency will take into account stakeholder input when making discretionary decisions on program implementation

The event will be streamed live on www.farmers.gov/farmbill  for those who are unable to attend in person. No registration is required to view the livestream.  Written comments will be accepted through March 1, 2019. To submit comments, go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal athttp://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID USDA–2019–0001.


Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. You may also submit written comments at the listening session. Comments received will be publicly available on. www.regulations.gov 



Some program that may be of interest to you as readers on this listserv, Michigan Organic, include

Organic Certification Cost Share Program

Organic Research and Extension Initiative Program (OREI)

Organic Transition Research Program

Organic Marketing program

Environmental Quality Insensitive Program (EQIP) cost share program

Previously: Beginner Farmers Program à Beginner and socially disadvantaged Farmers Programs

Previously: Veteran Farm Programà Beginner and socially disadvantaged Farmers Programs


For info on any of these programs you can visit NSAC (Natl Sustainable Ag Coalition) website: http://sustainableagriculture.net/publications/grassrootsguide/organic-production/


Vicki Morrone

Organic Farming Specialist

Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University

480 Wilson Rd

East Lansing, MI 48824

517-282-3557 (cell)

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