It's Back! Let's Make Sure it Gets Funded!

Today Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Tim Walz (D, MN-1) reintroduced the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act.  This bill was originally introduced in the previous Congress and was supported by 37 Senators and Representatives and endorsed by over 170 organizations.  This important bill is designed to recruit and support a next generation of farmers by increasing access to credit; providing effective training and mentoring; enhancing support for conservation; and assisting with starting and supporting the success of profitable enterprises.

We urge your organization to endorse this bill by signing on here.  So far this bill has inspired support from both republican and democratic Senate and House members.  With the average of the American Farmer growing increasingly older, we cannot afford to stay silent on this bill. Help support young Farmers who are dedicated to promoting and continuing sustainable farming by contacting your member of Congress.  Below are members of Congress who are co-sponsors of this bill:


  • Tom Harkin (D-IA)
  • Al Franken (D-MN)
  • Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
  • Jon Tester (D-MT)
  • Jeff Merley (D-OR)
  • Tom Udall (D-NM)


  • Tim Walz (D, MN-1)
  • Jeff Fortenberry (R, NE-1)
  • Collin Peterson (D, MN-7)
  • Chris Gibson (R, NY-20)

If your Senator and/or Representative is missing from this list, please contact them immediately so they can sign on to this bill as cosponsors.  As always, please let us know about your outreach experience by e-mailing us or by dropping us a line on Facebook.  Thank you for your continued support!

SSAWG Policy Coordinator