State foresters know that the farm bill is a unique opportunity to support rural America’s economic backbone and improve the quality of life for all Americans by enhancing support for America’s trees and forests.
Formally known as the Agricultural Act of 2014, the current legislation includes various “titles," including the Forestry Title, which help state foresters combat forest threats such as invasive species and wildfire.
The 2018 Farm Bill was introduced in mid-April 2018 and includes important conservation provisions that will help state forestry agencies carry out their missions to conserve, protect, and enhance America’s trees and forests. You can read NASF's take on the House Agriculture Committee's 2018 Farm Bill here.
As members of Congress refine and make amendments to this legislation, NASF encourages lawmakers to maintain and build on those policies that support cross-boundary forest management and cooperative forestry programs. NASF's "Priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill" briefer is linked below and pictured at right.
NASF also advocates for a strong Forestry Title through the Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition. NASF is a founding member of this diverse group made up of over 100 conservation, landowner, wildlife, industry, and community organizations. First formed in preparation of the 2008 Farm Bill, the coalition works to ensure the each farm bill addresses key priorities for state and private forestry. The coalition's 2018 recommendations and its letter of support for the House Agriculture Committee's bill are linked below.