As you’re reading this, Senate staffers are putting pen to page and writing the Farm Bill. Working round the clock, they’re piecing together the legislation that will determine the fate of critical farm programs for the next five years.
And, from what we’re hearing, the Senate’s draft doesn’t look good for young and beginning farmers:
The Senate draft of the Farm Bill will cut the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program – an invaluable grant program that funds farmer education across the country –by 50%. And, to make matters worse, new rules may make it harder for community organizations to participate in the program.
As young farmers, we need training to do our jobs and feed the country – and as eaters, we need farmers who are prepared to build strong and sustainable businesses to feed us all good food.
After you take action, please forward this email to your friends. If we’re going to turn this situation around, the Senate needs to hear from as many citizens as possible before Monday.
If you’d like to know more about the phenomenal programs funded by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, go here.