Demystifying the Farm Bill, How Federal Policy Effects Our Everyday Eating

Back Event May 24, 2018 @ 6 pm

Join the Sacramento Food Policy Council for a panel discussion on how the federal farm bill effects you and your community.

The federal farm bill is currently up for renewal (every five years), and its components effect many aspects of our food and farming system, right down to the food your community has access to and the farming practices that grow your food. Its components determine who has access to healthy food, what farming practices will be supported to curb climate change, assistance for beginning farmers and socially disadvantaged farmers, support for ecological practices to conserve the environment, the list goes on.

SFPC is hosting a panel of experts on the federal farm bill and will discuss how they effect your local, everday lives here in Sacramento.


Jenny Lester-Moffit, Undersecretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture. Undersecretary Lester-Moffitt will speak to the federal farm bill’s influence on California’s food and farming system.

Panel Discussion:

  • Nina F. Ichikawa, Policy Director, Berkeley Food Institute (BFI).Nina is a fourth-generation Californian and policy professional dedicated to making good food accessible, sustainable, and culturally appropriate. Prior to joining BFI, she served in the office of Senator Daniel K. Inouye and with the US Department of Agriculture’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” Initiative. In 2011, she was named a Food and Community Fellow by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.
  • Melissa Cannon, RD, Nutrition Policy Advocate, California Food Policy Advocate. Melissa works to promote access to nutritious, affordable foods in the child care environment and in schools. Melissa has supported health equity projects at Prevention Institute and provided administrative support for the Child Nutrition and USDA Foods Programs at the California Department of Education.
  • Matt Pruitt, CalFresh Outreach Coordinator, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. Matt is able to speak from experience about how the federal farm bill effects the daily lives of our community. He works to ensure that all eligible community members know about CalFresh and how it can help them keep food on their table.
  • Steve Schwartz, Executive Director, Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative and Chair of the California Caucus of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. Steve is an experienced local food systems advocate with more than 25 years of professional leadership working with farmers and farm policy to advance sustainable agriculture. Schwartz has more than three years of experience on agricultural policy as a Chief of Staff to two state Assemblymembers; and has worked on four Farm Bills.
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