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 Common Good Farm Bill

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

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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…

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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…

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Checking Expectations Part III

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

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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…

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Agriculturist Turned Pastoral Scholar Part III

Thomas Berry was a Passionist Brother who received a PhD in European Intellectual History from the Catholic University of America….

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Farming Opportunities for Veterans

Veterans Day, observed annually on November 11, honors all the military men and women who have served our country. There are…

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Agriculturist Turned Pastoral Scholar Part II

Growing up on a farm, I had the honor and privilege to observe and work with God’s creation. As in…

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Principles for a Fairer Farm Bill

Catholic Rural Life is collaborating with a broad-based coalition of 210 farm, rural, worker and consumer advocacy organizations to address…

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Agriculturist Turned Pastoral Scholar Part I

While I love listening to stories, I have just never developed the knack for telling them. The stories I told…

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