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 called 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).
A Farmer’s Nature
Life on a rural farm is a natural place to experience and nurture a vibrant Catholic culture. This culture begins…
A Mid-Winter’s Reflection
[Editor’s Note: On January 24, 2019 the Wethersfield Institute is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the death of its benefactor,…
The Signed 2018 Farm Bill
President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill last month. Like many bills that go through conference committees, there were several…
New Joint Letter to Congress
Read the letter that Catholic Rural Life, along with the USCCB, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services and the Society…
Expired Farm Bill – Impacts and Advocacy
On October 1, 2018 the current 2014 Farm Bill expired after passing the September 30, 2018 deadline with no new…
Farm Bill Update
Over the summer we have worked with our partners—the USCCB, Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services, and St. Vincent De Paul—to…
Farm Bill Update: Key Talking Points
The Agriculture Committee Chairmen Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) and Ranking Members Sen. Debbie Stabenow…
Farm Bill Update
The Senate passed the Agriculture Improvement Act (2018 Farm Bill) on a strong bipartisan vote, 86-11, prior to the Fourth…
Next Steps for the Farm Bill
Last week (June 14), the Senate Agriculture Committee voted 20–1 to pass its version of the next farm bill –…
Agricultural Policy Update
The month of June promises to be an interesting one on a number of policy fronts. Here is a quick…