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NSAC urges Congress to support beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers

October 25, 2011

On Monday, October 24, NSAC joined  with 115 other organizations across the country on a sign-on letter to Congress, to advocate for federal programs and policies that would support beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers, including tribal producers and farmworkers.

The letter was delivered to members of both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees, as they continue farm bill deliberations in advance of their November 1st deadline to deliver policy recommendations to the Super Committee.

In the letter, NSAC and the other organizations urge the Agriculture Committees to provide long-term protection and continued funding to a critical subset of small programs and offices charged with serving the most chronically underserved segments of agriculture.  These policy priorities represent a fraction of the full agriculture budget but are the lifeblood of the sustainable agriculture community, beginning, socially disadvantaged and veteran producers, and farmworkers.

Some of the top priorities that were highlighted in the letter include:

To see a copy of the letter, please click here.

Categories: Beginning and Minority Farmers, Budget and Appropriations, Farm Bill

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