We thought you’d want to know about this recent CALL TO ACTION from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC).
This summer isn’t just the season for fresh produce at the farmers market, peak harvests in the fields, and lush pastures for livestock – it’s also time for… the 2018 Farm Bill! Congress is making policy decisions right now that will affect our entire food and farm system for years to come. It’s critical that your Congress members know where you stand!
Both the House and the Senate> have passed their own versions of the 2018 Farm Bill, and now we’ve entered the final phase: a conference committee is working to negotiate one combined bill. The choice is stark: a farm bill that supports family farmers, sustainable agriculture, and a more equitable future, or one that harms farmers and communities and strips away investments from conservation, local food systems, and food assistance.
It will take all of us to ensure Congress makes the right choices for the best possible 2018 Farm Bill. Your advocacy has helped us achieve some real wins in the process so far. Now we have to ensure these wins make it into the final bill.
We’re delivering a letter to the conference committee soon — your signature matters!
Tell the Farm Bill Conference Committee you want a 2018 Farm Bill that:
- Invests in a sustainable future — by permanently funding programs that connect farmers and eaters, support beginning farmers and farmers of color, underwrite organic and sustainable agriculture research, and provide healthy food incentives for families
- Protects our shared natural resources — by protecting the nation’s largest resource conservation program on working farm and ranch lands: the Conservation Stewardship Program
- Targets support to family farmers instead of Wall Street — by maintaining payment limits and strengthening eligibility rules for farm subsidies
- Ensures food access and dignity for families in need — by protecting the SNAP program from cuts
We will deliver this letter to the farm bill conference committee in just a few weeks, so don’t miss this opportunity to make your voice heard!
Thanks for all you do for a better food and farm future.
– The entire team at NSAC
P.S. Phone calls are always great: increase your impact by taking another 60 seconds to dial the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121, get connected to your members of Congress, and deliver as much of the message above as you’d like!
Learn about other ways to TAKE ACTION with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.