Very soon, the U.S. House will vote on a proposed Farm Bill that will dictate the next five years of agricultural and nutrition priorities. It includes harmful cuts to conservation and nutrition programs and puts local food economies at risk.
CFAC has administered $1.3M of federal dollars from Farm Bill programs and invested those dollars into our local food and farming system. As a result: nearly 1,000 beginning farmers received farm business training, 52 new farms were started, 28 farmers received $146,000 to purchase infrastructure improvements to enhance their operations, 2,500 SNAP customers received matching funds at local food retailers to buy more fruits and veggies, and more than $274,000 was spent on local foods.
Call Rep. Gianforte at (202) 225-3211 and ask him to reject the proposed Farm Bill, and instead support Farm Bill programs that provide resources to niche beginning farmers, help farmers steward the land that sustains us, and make local food accessible to all.