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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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What the 2017 Census of Agriculture says about Texas Farms and Ranches

The U.S. Census is critically important. It allocates government spending, political representation, and guides regional planning.

Just as important is the...

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Lightsey Farms Texas Peaches

The Texas Legislature, which adjourned last week, delivered multiple wins for local agriculture and the fight against food insecurity. Three of...

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Lightsey Farms - Hands with Texas box and Peaches

As the saying goes, “all politics is local.” That’s why grassroots advocacy is so important.

Last week, we were honored to take part in Local Foods Awareness Day at the Texas Capitol, hosted by our friends at the...

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WIC at Market

Two SFC-supported bills (SB 1834, HB 3541) working their way through the Texas Legislature would lay the...

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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