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


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Laura Zaks

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

lzaks@sustainableagriculture.web 

Tel. 347.563.6408

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 essential to them and their communities. Hosted by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), a cohort of farmers, ranchers, and meals techniques 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 wonderful farmers and advocates be part of us this week in Washington Farmers’ voices and experiences are crucial to informing federal meals and farm coverage. They carry options, alternatives, and examples of the challenges farmers face every single day, they usually need to be a part of the dialog as 2023 Farm Bill improvement will get underway,” stated Sarah Hackney, NSAC Coalition Director.

“Coming to Washington, DC is a superb alternative to share among the obstacles farmers are going through with our legislators who acknowledge the significance of agriculture. We are bringing real-world on-the-ground experiences to assist inform decision-making,” stated 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 help native meals techniques, urgently wanted reforms to key farm applications like crop insurance coverage, and way more. Advocates highlighted big-picture wants like addressing the local weather disaster and advancing fairness together with particular payments to help, 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 circumstances, amongst different impacts. These challenges affect productiveness and livelihoods and take a toll on pure assets. Farmers urgently want higher help and entry to federal applications with a purpose to implement efficient options.

“Farmers within the Pasa community are developing towards climate change as climate volatility makes it troublesome 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 era of farmers,” Shapiro commented. 

Farmer Becky Hume of girl 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 increase its capability to distribute native produce however transferring by means of the grant course of was difficult as a result 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 companies within the subsequent farm invoice. 

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

Hume got here to Washington, DC to have a candid dialog about strategic methods to help native meals techniques and the economies that rely on them, as a result of “native meals techniques are insanely essential!” she stated, including “I would really like lawmakers to know the challenges of being a starting, small, household farm.”  

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

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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 assets, and rural communities. Learn extra and get entangled at: https://sustainableagriculture.web 


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