Release: Farmers and Advocates Come to Washington to Call for Climate and Sustainability Action within the 2023 Farm Bill

Release: Farmers and Advocates Come to Washington to Call for Climate and Sustainability Action within the 2023 Farm Bill

September 29, 2022


Contact: Laura Zaks

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition


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Release: Farmers and Advocates Come to Washington to Call for Climate and Sustainability Action within the 2023 Farm Bill

NSAC Partners with Farmers and Local Leaders from 12 States for DC Visit

Washington, DC, September 29, 2022 – This week, advocates and farmers from throughout the nation got here to Washington, DC to champion the federal applications necessary to them and their communities. Hosted by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), a cohort of farmers, ranchers, and meals programs advocates from 12 states joined NSAC for roughly 30 conferences with Congressional leaders and USDA officers to encourage them to prioritize sustainable meals and farm wants within the upcoming farm invoice and in ongoing program implementation efforts. 

“We are grateful to have these superb farmers and advocates be part of us this week in Washington Farmers’ voices and experiences are essential to informing federal meals and farm coverage. They carry options, alternatives, and examples of the challenges farmers face day-after-day, and so they should be a part of the dialog as 2023 Farm Bill improvement will get underway,” mentioned Sarah Hackney, NSAC Coalition Director.

“Coming to Washington, DC is a superb alternative to share a few of the obstacles farmers are dealing with with our legislators who acknowledge the significance of agriculture. We are bringing real-world on-the-ground experiences to assist inform decision-making,” mentioned Lindsey Shapiro, a Pennsylvania-based farmer at Root Mass Farm and organizer with Pasa Sustainable Agriculture, an NSAC member. 

Important themes of the Fly-In included the necessity for elevated funding in federal working lands conservation applications just like the Conservation Stewardship Program, alternatives for the federal authorities to assist native meals programs, urgently wanted reforms to key farm applications like crop insurance coverage, and far more. Advocates highlighted big-picture wants like addressing the local weather disaster and advancing fairness together with particular payments to assist, together with the Agriculture Resilience Act and the Strengthening Local Processors Act. 

Farmers in all areas more and more confront climate-related challenges like excessive climate occasions, pests, and warmer and drier situations, amongst different impacts. These challenges influence productiveness and livelihoods and take a toll on pure sources. Farmers urgently want better assist and entry to federal applications so as to implement efficient options.

“Farmers within the Pasa community are arising towards climate change as climate volatility makes it tough for crop planning and anticipating yields. In the subsequent farm invoice, I hope to see extra funding for conservation applications and an acknowledgment that land entry is a matter particularly as you’re making an attempt to transition into the subsequent technology of farmers,” Shapiro commented. 

Farmer Becky Hume of lady owned and operated VRDNT Farm in Bastrop, Texas shared her expertise with a farmer co-op the place she sits on the board. The co-op acquired a Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) to broaden its capability to distribute native produce however shifting via the grant course of was difficult as a consequence of a number of bureaucratic hurdles. Hume want to see renewed Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP) funding, together with for VAPG, together with smoother processes for farmers to entry financing providers within the subsequent farm invoice. 

NSAC member Wallace Center at Winrock International supported the attendance of a number of fly-in members who targeted on key native and regional meals programs infrastructure wants like these. 

Hume got here to Washington, DC to have a candid dialog about strategic methods to assist native meals programs and the economies that rely upon them, as a result of “native meals programs are insanely necessary!” she mentioned, including “I would really like lawmakers to grasp the challenges of being a starting, small, household farm.”  

NSAC thanks all the members for taking day trip of their busy lives to hitch our profitable fall fly-in, in addition to the Senators, Representatives, USDA officers, and employees members. We stay up for persevering with to work carefully with grassroots stakeholders and our champions in Congress because the 2023 Farm Bill reauthorization approaches. 


About the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is a grassroots alliance that advocates for federal coverage reform supporting the long-term social, financial, and environmental sustainability of agriculture, pure sources, and rural communities. Learn extra and get entangled at: https://sustainableagriculture.web 

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