A Whirlwind Year
It has been a long, unusual year for federal policy, and the implications for sustainable agriculture and food systems policy have been unmistakable.
2023 was supposed to be the year the farm bill was reauthorized. But, as our readers know, the 2018 Farm Bill expired on September 30. More than a month later, Congress extended the 2018 Farm Bill’s authority through September 30, 2024, extending the window of opportunity to reauthorize the five-year bill during this Congressional cycle. This significant delay in reauthorization is not unprecedented and highlights the complex circumstances looming over the 118th Congress heading into 2024.
Before the current session of Congress ever began, the 117th Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in August 2022. Combined with the fall 2022 midterm elections,…