The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has released its comprehensive 2012 Farm Bill policy platform, titled: Farming for the Future: A Sustainable Agriculture Agenda for the 2012 Food and Farm Bill. The platform reflects a comprehensive approach to farm policy reform that will – Create jobs and spur economic growth through food and farms; Invest in the future of American agriculture; Enhance our natural resources and improve agricultural productivity; Drive innovation for tomorrow’s farmers and food entrepreneurs; and Make healthy food widely available today and for generations to come. 
Traci Bruckner, Assistant Policy Director at the Center for Rural Affairs and member of the Coalition’s Coordinating Council, says – these policies, if advanced, will help farmers and ranchers conserve soil and water, tap into high-value, niche markets; provide access to land and capital for the next generation of farmers and ranchers; level the playing field by capping subsidies to mega-farms and invest the savings in real family farmers and ranchers.
Of particular focus of the Center for Rural Affairs in this platform are the various provisions of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act, a cross-cutting initiative aimed at helping the next generation of farmers and ranchers enter into agriculture.
NAFB News Service