May 11, 2012
See that photo below? It’s of Mississippi farmers John and Ora Carpenter, meeting with Representative Alan Nunnelee’s office this spring here in Washington, DC. The Carpenters shared stories about how their farm is an integral part of their community, and how federal programs have helped them expand their business and grow a diverse array of crops that they sell across the region.
That’s democracy in action – engaged citizens who care about their communities and their family-owned farm businesses speaking up for what matters in the 2012 Farm Bill. And while not everyone can fly to DC to speak up in person, everyone can speak up!
The 2012 Farm Bill is marching onward – and Congress still needs to hear from you! Just a few weeks ago, grassroots voices helped achieve some victories for sustainable agriculture in the Senate’s version of the bill, but our work is far from over. Right now, the House is at work on its version, and it’s crucial that these legislators know what matters to you.
Will you take five minutes today to tell the House what you want to see in the farm bill?
Maybe it’s support for critical conservation programs that protect our natural resources, or for initiatives that will launch the next generation of farmers and ranchers. Your thoughts – and your stories – matter. Tell the House Agriculture Committee that you want a 2012 Farm Bill that expands opportunities for family farmers to produce good food, sustain the environment, and contribute to vibrant communities!
It takes just a few minutes to submit your comments, and we’ll get you started with a few ideas here. Don’t delay – the deadline for comments is May 20.
Thank you for all that you do,
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Grassroots Team
P.S. In the meantime – have you signed on as a citizen endorser of Farming for the Future, our 2012 Food & Farm Bill platform? Sign on today!