Mission:1 11-1-11 to 11-11-11 That They May all Be 1

ONE UNITED CHURCH on a shared mission for 11 powerful days to feed the hungry and confront food related injustice

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 our country.

farmer in fieldFarm 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.

Learn More

  • Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act - Cultivate a New Generation of Sustainable Farmers and Ranchers
    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 more.
  • 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 Act. Learn more.

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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