Farm Policy News

Coalition of Farm and Rural Groups Celebrates 25 Years

During August at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition summer meeting, we helped celebrate the coalition’s 25th anniversary. In 1988, the Center for Rural Affairs, and many other family farm and rural organizations, helped create the coalition.

It formed out of a simple desire. The founding groups wanted to work together to have a positive impact on federal agriculture policy to strengthen family farming livelihoods, rural communities, and natural resources.

Time to “Get Real” with Washington

“It’s time for us to have an adult conversation with folks in rural America,” said Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack in a recent speech. “Rural America with a shrinking population is becoming less and less relevant to the politics of this country, and we had better recognize that, and we better begin to reverse it.”

The secretary made some valid points. But we think it goes both ways. It’s also time for rural folks to have an adult conversation with those who are supposed to represent them. The politics of Washington are also becoming less and less relevant to our real problems.

Pages

Get The Newsletter?