What is the Farm Bill?
The farm bill is a comprehensive, multi-year federal law that authorizes most federal policies governing food and agriculture. The most recent farm bill—The Agricultural Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-79), commonly referred to as the 2014 Farm Bill—has 12 titles that encompass a range of issues and programs including farm commodities and income supports, nutrition programs like the Supplementation Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), farmland and environmental conservation, crop insurance, and rural development. Nutrition programs constitute the majority of the farm bill, accounting for 80 percent of the funds historically and projected to be spent on farm bill programs. Farm commodity supports, crop insurance, and conservation programs comprise 8 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent, respectively.
The 2014 Farm Bill, which was signed into law in February 2014, is set to expire on September 30, 2018. Since Congress debates, updates, and reauthorizes the farm bill approximately every five years, discussions about the next farm bill are already happening, both in Congress and across the country.
October marks the opening of APA’s application period for the 2018 Ambassadors Program. This initiative has been created to reach future planners with diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. With recent national events, it is critical for the field of planning to grow more inclusive and diverse to continue to be relevant to communities of color and disadvantaged populations. It is also increasingly important for individual planners to connect to young people in these communities on a personal level to support just decisions and live up to the APA code of ethics.
The achievements of planning are celebrated in October with National Community Planning Month. This year’s theme is innovation in planning, underscoring the role of planning in addressing and adapting to the challenges facing communities in the 21st century.
With less than 30 days until the official kickoff of our national observance, we want to know – how are you educating others about the value of planning this October?
Use the resources in our Planning Month Resource HUB to share with your community, elected officials, and local media the positive impact planning has had on your community.
Planning a community tour, meeting, or special event to mark the occasion? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to highlight your efforts on our website and social media outlets during the month of October and beyond!
Learn more about National Community Planning Month at www.planning.org/ncpm.