We’ve got a big problem in Washington: one that could harm farmers and communities around the country.
The House of Representatives is poised to vote on the 2018 Farm Bill Friday, and folks, this bill is bad. Here’s just a sampling:
Local food – the House bill abandons local farmers by cutting all funding for several programs that invest in helping farmers connect to local and regional buyers and in improving healthy food access. One of these programs has been especially valuable to Certified Naturally Grown, and enabled us to better serve CNG farmers and beekeepers over the years.
Beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers – the House bill misses the mark by failing to invest more in beginning farmers, military veteran farmers, and farmers of color. With the average age of farmers continuing to rise, the status quo is not enough to ensure the success of these key farmer communities.
Crop insurance and commodities – the House bill fails to make even small changes to crop insurance to ensure diversified and beginning farmers can access assistance. It also creates more loopholes in subsidy payments that will continue to distort land prices and create an unfair playing field for farmers.
- Conservation – the House bill erases support for resource stewardship on 70 million acres (that’s an area the size of Nevada!) of working farm and ranchland by completely eliminating the Conservation Stewardship Program.
In addition to all of this, the bill makes major changes to the SNAP (food stamp) program that will harm families and children, removing over 2 million people from the program.
In short, this is the worst farm bill ever – if it passes, it could set our shared movement back decades!*
The good news? It hasn’t passed yet. There’s still time to get a better farm bill done this year.
Can you help us take one quick action right now to save our food and farm future?
Capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Ask for your Representative and, once they connect you, leave a message like this one:
Hello, my name is [____] and I am a constituent. Please vote NO on H.R. 2 – the 2018 FarmBill. This bill will harm our farmers and communities and must be defeated so a decent bill, one we can be proud of, can be brought back for consideration later this year. Thank you.
Thanks for taking 30 seconds to call right now! If this bill fails to pass, it sends a message to the House of Representatives: go back to the drawing board and write a better bill! We deserve a better farm bill for our nation’s farmers and communities.
Stay tuned for more action. The Senate has begun drafting its own, different version of the bill – and we can still ensure it contains the support farmers and communities need! Every call makes a difference.
Thanks for all you do!
*Want to know some more reasons why this bill is bad? Check out the Top 10 Reasons to Reject the House Farm Bill by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC).