On May 10, 2012, beginning farmer and Iraq War veteran, Justin Doerr, testified on beginning farmer and ranchers issues in the nation’s capital. He appeared before the US House Agriculture Subcommittee’s Farm Bill hearing on federal credit programs.
When was the last time you sat face to face with your members of Congress? Two Center supporters traveled to Washington to do just that. Their message – we need a Farm Bill that promotes the best rural America has to offer.
In March, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Tim Johnson (D-SD) re-introduced The Rural America Preservation Act. This legislation represents the most important step Congress can take to strengthen family farms. Limit the subsidies mega farms use to drive smaller operations out of business.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack came to Iowa last month, and my son and I had a front row seat. The secretary spoke about farm policy and USDA initiatives to a network of family farmers raising natural pork for a specialty market.
Right now is the time to influence the Senate Agriculture Committee Farm Bill. The committee is moving forward at a rapid pace. As of this writing, they were about to complete their final hearing and move toward committee debate over the bill.