By Jae Gerhart, Full Council Member and Chair of the Farmers & Institutional Purchasing Policy Action Team
Do you eat food?
The Farm Bill – a huge piece of legislation that is revised every five years – affects the quality of life for each and every American resident and visitor. The Farm Bill connects the food on our plates, the farmers and ranchers who produce that food, and the natural resources – our soil, air and water – that make growing food possible. Through programs such as crop insurance for farmers to healthy food access for low-income families, and from beginning farmer trainings to support for sustainable farming practices, this powerful package of laws sets the course of our food and farming system.
The Washtenaw County Food Policy Council’s Farmers & Institutional Purchasing Policy Action Team has produced two videos that highlight our local Washtenaw County farmers’ perspectives on two Farm Bill programs that are under threat during the upcoming Farm Bill revision: beginning farmer development programs and conservation programs.
Click on the link below each video to view the videos.
Your engagement in the Farm Bill process is important for influencing the direction of food and farming practices in this country. To support our local beginning farmers, call your legislators in the house and senate and say:
I care about local agriculture, beginning farmers, and the environment. Please sponsor the Beginning Farmers Opportunity Act and the upcoming Conservation Bill for working lands. Thank you.
I care about local agriculture, beginning farmers, and the environment. Please sponsor the upcoming Conservation Bill for working lands. Thank you.
HOUSE (for Washtenaw County)
Rep Tim Walberg: (202) 225-6276 (West side)
Rep Debbie Dingell: (202) 225-4071 (Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti)
Gary Peters: (202) 224-6221
Debbie Stabenow: (202) 224-4822