The Farm Bill is alive and we need your help! On May 14th and May 15th the Senate and House are meeting to markup the Farm Bill. What does this mean? It means that on Tuesday, May 14th the Senate Agriculture Committee will meet to discuss the Farm Bill and determine which programs (marker bills) should be included in the final draft. The House will do the same on Wednesday, May 15th.
Two Bills we would like to see fully funded and included in the final Farm Bill draft:
- Local Food Farm and Jobs Act—Introduced in the senate by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) There are no Southern Senator co-sponsors of this bill. There are 17 cosponsors. This bill was introduced in the House by Rep. Chellie Pinegree (D-ME-1). Out of 53 co-sponsors for this bill only six are from Southern Representatives. Click here for more information.
- Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act—Introduced by Rep. Timothy Walz (D-MN-1) there are only two co-sponsors from all the southern states on this bill. There are a total of 11 co-sponsors. In the senate, the bill was introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and there are NO Southern Senate co-sponsors. Click here for more information.
As you can see we desperately need your help. Over the next week we will update our AgPolicy page daily. It is our goal to keep you abreast on the latest news from Washington, DC; and to keep you informed on our next steps and what you can do to support our efforts.
If you are on Facebook and Twitter please like us. We will push out a lot of information via social media. Members of Congress and their staff who are on the agriculture committees will be busy over the next week and away from their desks. Phone calls, while helpful, will be one of several tools we will ask you to employ. Staffers are glued to their smarts phones, so in addition to calling congressional offices, we are asking that you send e-mails and hit the share button on Twitter and Facebook. Again, please like us on Facebook and Twitter, hit the share button and leave a comment.
Thank you for your participation in this important grassroots effort. Our hope is that this version of the Farm Bill is more supportive of sustainable agriculture. We know through your support and we can definitely raise some dust! Keep in touch and stay tuned on the AgPolicy page!