Save the date! Our next FARM BILL conference call will be on June 13, 2013 at Noon EDT/11am CDT.

Join us for an update from Sarah Hackney, Grassroots Director at the National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition, to hear about discussion in the Senate this past week and what to expect coming up in the House. We need your voices on the call to strategize on our own grassroots activities and strategies to stay involved by informing our representatives. Please join us at 1- 800-977-8002, using Participant Code: 577467#  

The Senate work continued on the following three bills this past week:

-Udall/ Heinrich - #1055 – increases funding for the Outreach and Technical Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers program –Section 2501; veterans were added to the program, so the goal of this amendment is to increase funding to ensure that the program is able to serve its traditional constituencies and new producers that are eligible for the program. The amendment increases the program’s funding to $17 million

 - Brown(w/ several cosponsors) #1088 increases funding for several programs: Value Added Producer Grants; Local Food and Farmers Market Promotion Program; Business and Industry Loans ; Community Food Projects; Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

- Casey-Harkins #986 -Johanns - microloan amendment – allows for small farm loans of up to $35,000, and offers a streamlined application process, lower interest rate, etc. to help small, beginning, and diversified farmers access loans

We hope to hear your questions and ideas on June 13: 1- 800-977-8002, using Participant Code: 577467#. Together, we amplify our voices!

Pam Kingfisher