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Agriculture, Nutrition and Rural Issues

 

"The primary goals of agriculture policies should be providing food for all people and reducing poverty among farmers and farmworkers in this country and abroad."
-- USCCB, For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food, 2003

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For news and information on the Farm Bill, see its separate site.

Letter to Committees on Appropriations Regarding the Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Bishop Michael C. Barber, Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, Bishop David J. Malloy, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, April 9, 2020

News Release: Chairman of U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development Encourages Lawmakers in Providing Aid and Relief to Those Affected by Coronavirus
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, March 12, 2020

Joint Letter to Congress on Moral and Human Dimensions of FY2020 Agriculture Appropriations
Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Mr. Sean Callahan, Sr. Donna Markham, Mr. James Ennis
April 25, 2019

Current Advocacy Position

The USCCB advocates for the protection of agriculture and nutrition programs that provide for poor, hungry, and vulnerable people, both at home and abroad, support for those who grow our food, fairness to family farmers and ranchers, and that promote good stewardship of the land. When faced with limited government resources, agriculture subsidies should be directed to small and medium sized farmers and ranchers who truly need assistance to be competitive and successful.

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Legislative Documents, Letters, and Statements

Letter to Committees on Appropriations Regarding the Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Bishop Michael C. Barber, Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, Bishop David J. Malloy, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, April 9, 2020

News Release: Chairman of U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development Encourages Lawmakers in Providing Aid and Relief to Those Affected by Coronovirus
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, March 12, 2020

Joint Letter to Congress on Moral and Human Dimensions of FY2020 Agriculture Appropriations
Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Mr. Sean Callahan, Sr. Donna Markham, Mr. James Ennis, April 25, 2019

Joint Letter to Congress on Moral and Human Dimensions of FY2019 Agriculture Appropriations
Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Mr. Sean Callahan, Sr. Donna Markham, Mr. James Ennis, July 23, 2018

Joint Letter to Senate Regarding Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018
Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Mr. Sean Callahan, Sr. Donna Markham, Mr. James Ennis, Mr Ralph Middlecamp, June 28, 2018

Joint Letter to Senate Regarding FY2018 Agriculture Appropriations
Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Bishop Oscar Cantú, Sr. Donna Markham, Mr. Sean Callahan, and Mr. Jim Ennis, July 18, 2017

Joint Letter to Congress Regarding the FY 2016 Agriculture Appropriations
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Bishop Oscar Cantú, Sr. Donna Markham, and Dr. Carolyn Woo, Mr. James Ennis, March 16, 2016

USCCB and CCUSA Testimony on SNAP and Charitable Sector
April 24, 2015

Joint Letter to Congress Regarding the FY 2016 Agriculture Appropriations
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Bishop Oscar Cantú, Sr. Donna Markham, and Dr. Carolyn Woo, March 19, 2015

Joint Letter to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, FY 2013
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire and Bishop Richard E. Pates, April 16, 2012


Joint Letter to Congress on Hunger
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Bishop Richard E. Pates, Fr. Larry Snyder, and Dr. Carolyn Woo, December 9, 2013

Joint Letter to Senate Subcommittee on Appropriations on FY 2014 Agriculture Appropriations Bill
Bishop Stephen Blaire and Bishop Richard Pates, June 17, 2013

Joint Letter to House Committee on Appropriations on FY 2014 Agriculture Budget
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire and Bishop Richard E. Pates, June 11, 2013

Joint Letter on FY 2013 House Agriculture Appropriations
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire and Bishop Richard E. Pates, June 26, 2012

Letter to House on Budget Reconciliation Cuts to Poverty Programs
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, May 8, 2012

Joint Letter to Congressional Appropriations Committees on FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire and Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, October 20, 2011

Letter to Senate on Agriculture Appropriations
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire and Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, September 6, 2011

Letter to Congressional Leadership on Agricultural Subsidies
Bishop Stephen Blaire, Bishop Howard Hubbard, Ken Hackett, and Jim Ennis, July 11, 2011

Joint Letter on House Agriculture Appropriations Bill
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire and Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, May 31, 2011

Letter to House Leadership on Child Nutrition Reauthorization
Bishop William Murphy, Most Rev. Thomas Curry, Sr. Dale McDonald, James Ennis, November 17, 2010

Letter to Congress on Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit
Bishop William Murphy
, September 20, 2010

Letter to Congress on Child Nutrition Reauthorization
Bishop William Murphy, Most Rev. Thomas Curry, Rev. Larry Snyder, Sr. Dale McDonald, James Ennis
, August 3, 2010

Letter on Child Nutrition Reauthorization to Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
Bishop William Murphy, Most Rev. Thomas Curry, Rev. Larry Snyder, Sr. Dale McDonald, James Ennis, March 23, 2010


For information from prior to 2010, see our nutrition and agriculture archives.

Primers, Backgrounders, and Educational Materials

Background on Child Nutrition Reauthorization
February 2015

Backgrounder on Food and Nutrition
February 2011



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