The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) urges proponents of sustainable agriculture to ask your congressional representatives to co-sponsor two pieces of legislation that can help set the tone for the 2012 Farm Bill debate. Congress is expected to pick up their work on a new Farm Bill soon with Senate hearings to start in February. We now have a prime opportunity to amplify our voices and push for legislation that includes some of sustainable agriculture’s conservation, local food, beginning farmer, and organic priorities.
Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act
Ask your two Senators and Representative Co-sponsor the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act (BFROA) of 2011. According to NSAC, BFROA would
Good news! The Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act, introduced on Nov. 1 by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME-1), now has 53 House and 6 Senate co-sponsors. More co-sponsors are still needed to make a greater impact.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is asking citizens to urge their Senators and Representatives to sign onto this bill. The more support that grows for this bill’s provisions, the greater likelihood that important pieces of this legislation will be put into the next Farm Bill.
This bill is for all Americans, rural and urban. It maintains funding for programs with proven track records in the next farm bill cycle. Most importantly, it boosts farm income and creates jobs.
To take action, here is what you can do: