Support Local Food & Beginning Farmers in the Next Farm Bill!

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April 24, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Act Now! Call Senator Mark Kirk & your U.S. Representative

 

 

 Wherever there’s local food, there are farmers feeding communities and creating jobs.  Farmers and ranchers are meeting the skyrocketing demand for fresh, healthy food everywhere – at farmers’ markets, grocery stores, and in schools across the nation. At the same time, the farmers and ranchers across the country who feed us are getting older. The average American farmer is now 57! Now is the time to invest in the next generation of folks who want to raise our food and steward the land. They’re going to be job creators, entrepreneurs, and innovators, and you can help them get the tools they need to succeed just by making a phone call.

There are two bills in Congress right now. The Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act and the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act – whose inclusion in the 2013 Farm Bill will mean more new farmers in the field, increased income for farmers who produce healthy food for local communities, and more jobs in rural and urban areas across the country. The legislation makes targeted investments in programs that create opportunities for new farmers and support local and regional food production. This is something everyone on both sides of the aisle can get behind - will you make a call today and ask your legislators to co-sponsor these two bills?

Call Senator Mark Kirk & your U.S. Representative now and ask them to co-sponsor both bills!

Senator Mark Kirk: 202-224-2854

Look up your U.S. Representative’s contact information based on your address by clicking here

Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Bill Enyart and Rep. Jan Schakowsky are already co-sponsors, if Rep. Enyart or Rep. Schakowsky are your legislators make a call and thank them for their support. Legislative co-sponsors are vital for the success of these bills. They help move the bills through Congress and ensure pieces of them are included in the next farm bill.

Tell your legislators:  I am a constituent and a voter. (tell ‘em if you’re a farmer!) I support local farmers, want good food in my community, and support investments in the next generation of farmers. Please co-sponsor the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 and the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2013 today!

Thanks for speaking out!  Your voice will make a difference!

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