Advocating for sustainable agriculture and nutritious food for all

Catholic Rural Life is a long-time advocate on behalf of family farmers and farm communities. Our advocacy work for fair and just federal policies on agriculture and nutrition programs — especially the Farm Bill — is highly regarded by family farmers and faith-based groups alike. As a representative of the Church, Catholic Rural Life strives to speak truth to power and join in solidarity with farmers, ranchers and producers whose generosity, graciousness and stewardship of the land serves the common good of all creation.

Through a program we call Faith, Food and the Environment, we collaborate with agricultural leaders and encourage them to make the connections between their faith and food production. Through resources like The Vocation of the Agricultural Leader, we call upon farm and food production leaders to be moral agents in the complex and competitive world of modern agriculture.

For Catholic Rural Life members and supporters in general, we provide educational and advocacy resources that help shape public policy and institute ethical agricultural practices. As a catalyst for social change, CRL works “for a new earth where righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13).

Farm, Food, Rural Groups Urge Congress to Safeguard 2014 Farm Bill

Coalition asks House and Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees to protect mandatory funding for critical farm and food assistance programs.  A…


Blessing of Food- and Bacon!

(Edit: This week’s Storytellers article comes from Sarah Antonio, who raises hogs on her small homestead.  She recently had her…


Doug Peterson: An Advocate for Family Farms

In the summer issue of Catholic Rural Life Magazine, we interviewed Doug Peterson, the president of the Minnesota Farmers Union….


The Back Forty: Renewal on the Land Starts in the Heart

Editor’s Note:  This week’s installment of “Storytellers” comes from CRL supporter Zach Laughlin.  If you have a story you’d like…


Back to the Land, Back to God

Editor’s Note:  This is the second installment in our “Storytellers” series, where readers submit their stories about faith and the…


In the Shade of a Semi: Harvesting Wheat in Kansas

Editor’s Note: This story comes to us from CRL member Tom Murphy, and is part of our “Storytellers” series.  If…


National Dairy Month: Dairy Farmers Need Our Prayers, Support

June is National Dairy Month, an apt time for the dairy industry to promote milk, cheese, ice cream and other…


Growing concern over downturn in farm economy

USDA Committee Hearings on Farm Economy When the country was going through the Great Recession of 2008-09, agriculture was one…


Farmworker Awareness Week

What did you eat today?  If you’re trying to get your daily recommended five cups of fruits and vegetables, the chances…


A Water Quality Proposal for Farmers and Landowners

Lessons from the Situation in Iowa The purity of water can only be as good as the integrity of the…