Javier Zamora, owner of JSM Organics, will be one of the Keynote Speakers at Sierra Harvest’s Sustainable Food & Farm Conference.

Special to The Union

Every five years, Congress reauthorizes the farm bill – an enormous spending package that pays for food and agriculture-related programs. The 2018 farm bill cost an estimated $428 billion and expires in September 2023. The new round of legislation, which is currently being drafted, will have big impacts on agriculture and land management in Nevada County. Here are three reasons local farmers and residents should track the progress of the farm bill. Each of these themes will be discussed at Sierra Harvest’s upcoming Sustainable Food & Farm Conference on March 4 in Grass Valley.

Amanda Hixson is the Farm Institute Director at Sierra Harvest.