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).

Part II: Advancing Conservation Programs in the 2018 Farm Bill

[Editor’s note: This is Part II of a two-part posting on conservation programs.] When it comes to federal support for…


Conservation Programs: Maintaining the Integrity of Creation

Editor’s note: This is Part I of a two-part posting on conservation programs. One of the goals for a “common…


Farm Safety Net: Crop Insurance Reforms

As outlined the previous blog in this series, the overarching goals for federal agricultural policies that advance opportunities and create…


Farm Safety Net: Time to Reform Commodity Programs

What should the priorities be in the next Farm Bill? The overarching goals should be to advance opportunities and create…


The New Federal Budget: Impacts on American Agriculture

After months of negotiations, the House and Senate have finally reached a two-year budget deal to keep the government running….


A Common Good Farm Bill

Protecting the Integrity of People, Communities & the Land in U.S. Farm Policy Farmers and rural communities are in a…


Progress on the 2018 Farm Bill

For people of faith, farming holds an elevated vocation in a nation’s economy, precisely because food production is necessary for…


Agriculturist Turned Pastoral Scholar Part IV

Where is the middle in agriculture that I desire? Is there a place where participants in a dilemma actually listen…


Checking Expectations Part III

  Expectations urge us forward or hold us back; they hold weight or perhaps place it heavier on our shoulders…


Interested in My People: A Reflection on Monsignor Ligutti’s Life and Legacy

During the Advent season, we often take time to recall personal and Universal traditions. CRL has many traditions and a…