Mission: 1: Creating a sustainable and healthy Farm Bill
Once every five years or so, we as a
nation have the opportunity to improve our food and farm system through the
Farm Bill. This omnibus package authorizes billions of dollars in government
expenditures that set the farm, food, and rural policy goals and priorities for
Farm policy may seem like a niche issue, but it
impacts many aspects of our lives, from what foods are most affordable and the
impact of that on our eating habits and health, to the foods we provide through
our federal feeding programs. It determines the sustainability of small and
mid-sized farms here in the U.S., and it also has a major impact on trade and
agriculture patterns around the world. Learn
more about the Farm Bill.
Two pieces of legislation are being introduced
that we are urging Members of Congress to cosponsor. The ultimate goal for both
of these bills is for
their provisions to be included when Congress writes the next Farm Bill. The most effective way to ensure that is for each bill to
have a large number of bipartisan cosponsors. One bill assists beginning farmers and ranchers and the other
advances local and regional food systems.
- Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act - Cultivate a New Generation of Sustainable Farmers and
The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act is our chance to ensure food
security for future generations and new farming enterprises that can bring jobs
and economic renewal to revitalize our nation’s communities. Learn
- Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act - Ensure Support for Local Food
Is supporting your local farmer, visiting your farmers market, CSA, food
coop, or other local food source important to you? What about having fresh,
local food for your child’s school meals?
There is an opportunity for you to support your local farmers and to
ensure your local food system continues to grow--the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs
Take action! Call on your legislators to cosponor these two important bills and to ensure that the principles they promote are included in the upcoming Farm Bill!
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