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Policy

If you eat, you’re involved in agriculture. SFC is committed to advancing policies that support a vision of agriculture that regenerates land, pays farmers fair wages, and makes the bounty of our region available to everyone, regardless of income.

At the federal level, SFC is an active member of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, which works on to reform federal policy to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources and rural communities.

Here in Texas, SFC works with agricultural producers, policymakers, and partner organizations to advance environmental stewardship, direct-to-consumer agricultural marketing, and nutrition incentive programs.

Scroll down to read about our policy work, action alerts, and current policy priorities below.

The Policy "Beet"

Read about our recent policy work and action alerts in The Policy "Beet"! See our most recent posts below, or click here to read them all.

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SFC’s agenda for the Texas Legislative session took its first steps last week when two of our top three priority bills were introduced in the Texas Senate and House of Representatives. Austin’s own Eddie Rodriguez and Senator Lois Kolkhorst (Brenham) introduced legislation that seeks to expand Texas’...

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WIC at Market

As the old adage goes, “everyone does better when everyone does better.” One of the ways that we can do better here in Texas is by ensuring that all of our neighbors can access and afford nourishing food. Here at SFC, we think that “everyone” also includes farmers.

SNAP incentive programs increase the purchasing power of SNAP recipients when they spend their SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) benefits on Texas-grown produce. SNAP...

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Lightsey Farms - Hands with Texas box and Peaches

Local farmers and ranchers are heading into the 2019 Texas Legislative Session with a hot hand. After winning key victories in the 2018 Farm Bill, we are setting our sights on advancing policies that further sustainable agriculture and food access at the state level. While SFC is tracking a host of bills in the Texas Legislature, we’ll be dedicating the lion’s share of our efforts to advocate...

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See our most recent read about our most recent policy work and action alerts.

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CURRENT POLICY PRIORITIES

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Federal

Secure permanent baseline funding for LAMP, a program that invests in small-scale agriculture and direct-to-consumer food marketing.

Reauthorize the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (now called the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program), which has a proven track-record of combatting food insecurity and while simultaneously generating income for farmers.

Protect critical farm and ranch conservation programs, including the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQUIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program, which help farmers shoulder some of the up-front costs of investing in ecological best-practices.

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State

Farmers Market Permit Reform

We support legislation filed in the 86th Legislature to ease the burden of duplicative permitting on small farmers, ranchers, and food businesses.

Expand Cottage Food Laws

We support legislation filed in the 86th Legislature to expand what non-hazardous foods small-scale food entrepreneurs can sell to the public without purchasing a license or commercial kitchen.

SNAP Incentives

SFC is working with our colleagues from across Texas to grow and improve SNAP incentive programs at farmers markets.

Questions?

Contact Alex Canepa, Policy and Advocacy Manager