Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Action Alert: Tell your legislator to support beginning farmers!

The farmers and ranchers across the country who feed us are getting older - the average American farmer is 57! Now is the time to invest in the next generation of folks who want to raise our food and steward the land. They’re going to be job creators, entrepreneurs, and innovators – as long as we help them get the tools they need to succeed.
Here on Capitol Hill, your representatives have a chance to help - by supporting the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2013, a bill introduced in Congress this week, that invests in the future of American agriculture. The bill will:
• Enable access to land, credit, and crop insurance for new producers.
• Help new producers learn to become good land stewards.
• Provide training, mentoring, and research that beginning farmers and ranchers need to be successful.
• Connect military veterans with job opportunities in agriculture.
Congress had the chance to include these critical needs in the 2012 Farm Bill, but their inability to pass that bill last year meant that the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act was left behind. Your legislators will begin working on the 2013 Farm Bill soon – so now is the time to make sure support for beginning farmers is not forgotten!
Can you make a call today and ask your legislators to co-sponsor the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2013? Legislative co-sponsors are vital for the success of this bill – they can help move the bill through Congress and ensure pieces of it are included in the next farm bill.
Before you make a call, [check here]! If you see your legislator on this list of co-sponsors, make your call a THANK YOU call!

Tell your legislators: 
I am a constituent and a voter. (tell ‘em if you’re a farmer!) Supporting beginning farmers and ranchers is a critical investment in the future of American agriculture. Please co-sponsor the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2013 today!
Legislator Contact HERE
Thanks for speaking out! Your voice will make a difference! Want more information on the bill? Check it out here.

-- The NSAC Grassroots Team