Farm Bill Debate This Week: Advocate for Local Healthy Food
This week, the Senate continues debate on the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (S. 3240). The Farm Bill is a critical opportunity to create policies that can help deliver affordable, regionally grown food to schools. Dozens of amendments have already been filed that could potentially strengthen — or weaken — the Senate Bill.
Contact your Senators now to ask them to support an infrastructure to supply food from local and regional farms and protect food access, including:
– Strong provisions promoting healthy and local food in the Committee-passed bill;
– Sen. Gillibrand’s (D-NY) amendment that would restore the $4.49 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP);
– Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) expected amendment that would restore funding to crucial rural development and farm programs.
Ask them to oppose:
– Any amendments that would weaken SNAP like the proposals to block grant the program;
– Sen. Johnson’s (R-WI) amendment to expand the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) to include dried, canned, and frozen fruits and vegetables, and any other changes to the program.
The Union of Concerned Scientists is hosting a webinar Thurs., June 14 at 2:00 about what the Farm Bill means for health and local economies.