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TOOLS AND RESOURCES

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Voice
in Washington
A Look into the Status of Some Key Policy Debates as
Congress Finishes out the Year
BY TRISTAN DAEDALUS
AFF POLICY DIRECTOR

Over the past few months, you've
read about AFF's work promoting
America's family forest owners
before Congress and the new
Administration. As Congress returns
from the August recess to a plateful
of issues, here is an update on
what's developing.
Writing the Farm Bill
Whenever it comes up for
renewal, the Farm Bill is a hot topic
for conversation-especially among
those in agriculture or conservation.
The Farm Bill is generally revisited
every five years, and contains federal

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policy surrounding agriculture,
conservation, forestry, and nutrition
programs across the nation. The last
farm bill, the Agricultural Act of 2014,
is set to expire on September 31
of 2018 and conversations as to its
replacement have already begun.
Over the past few months, the
House Agriculture Committee has
held listening sessions in California,
Florida, Minnesota, and Texas to
speak directly with farmers about
their needs.
As with most years, the
Agriculture Committees are a
shining example of bipartisan

cooperation. In unusual solidarity
during this time of partisan
gridlock, both majority and minority
leadership on the House committee
are in agreement: the Farm Bill
should be finished before its
expiration. The Senate has shown
equal enthusiasm in getting their
draft finished, with Agriculture
Committee Chairman Roberts
that the bill should be finished in
2017 and Senate Majority Leader
McConnell saying he'd like to see a
finished bill, "the sooner, the better."
Through the farm bill,
landowners are granted access to



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodlands - Fall 2017

Overstory
Tools and Resources
Forests and Families
A Legacy to Keep
From Forests to Fermentation
Feathering a Forested Nest
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - Overstory
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - Tools and Resources
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - Forests and Families
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - A Legacy to Keep
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - From Forests to Fermentation
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - Feathering a Forested Nest
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