Advocate for Farm Bill Now
The Farm Bill is an important opportunity to develop policies that can help deliver healthful, affordable regional food to our schools. If the 2008 Farm Bill is allowed to expire on September 30, crucial programs — including those that support supply chains for local food — will be left with no funding for the coming fiscal year.
The Senate has 15 legislative days and the House has 8 to reauthorize the Farm Bill in one of two ways:
1) Full re-authorization status: The House could amend and pass the bill completed over a month ago by the House Agriculture Committee. This bill then would be reconciled with the Senate Bill that was passed in June.
2) Extension status: Congress could pass a short-term or long-term extension of the 2008 Farm Bill.
Contact your Senators and Representatives and ask them to either finish the 2012 Farm Bill re-authorization process or complete a comprehensive 2008 Farm Bill extension. Either option should include full funding for:
- Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
- SNAP (food stamps)
- Community Food Projects
- Value-Added Producer Grants
- Disadvantaged and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers