Go Back to the Drawing Board

We’ve got a big problem: one that could harm farmers and communities around the country. The House of Representatives is poised to vote on the 2018 Farm Bill in the coming days, and folks, this bill is bad.

It’s time to urge your Congressperson to vote No on the House Farm Bill at (202) 224-3121.

Here’s just a sampling how the House Farm Bill falls short:

  • Guts local food – the House Farm Bill abandons local farmers by cutting all funding for several programs that invest in helping farmers connect to local and regional buyers and in improving healthy food access.
  • Fails beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers – the House bill misses the mark by failing to invest more in beginning farmers, military veteran farmers, and farmers of color. With the average age of farmers continuing to rise, the status quo is not enough to ensure the success of these key farmer communities.
  • Eliminates conservation resources for farmers the House bill erases support for resource stewardship on 70 million acres (that’s an area the size of Nevada!) of working farm and ranchland by completely eliminating the Conservation Stewardship Program.  CSP is popular with Illinois farmers for its ability to improve soil, water, and profitability.

In addition to all of this, this Farm Bill makes major changes to the SNAP (food stamp) program that will harm families and children, removing over 2 million people from the program.

In short, this is the worst Farm Bill ever. Hundreds of organizations across the nation– spanning sectors, issues, and regions– have already signed on to oppose the Farm Bill.  If it passes, it could set our shared movement back decades!*

The good news? It hasn’t passed yet. There’s still time to get a better Farm Bill done this year.

Will you urge your Congressperson to vote No on the House Farm Bill by making a quick call?

WHAT TO SAY

Call the Capitol switchboard at: (202) 224-3121 Follow the recorded directions, enter your zip code, and you’ll be connected to your Representative’s office.

Your message can be as simple as this:

Hello, my name is [____] and I am a constituent. 
I’m calling to urge my Congressmen to vote NO on H.R. 2 – the 2018 Farm Bill. 
This bill will harm our farmers and communities and must be defeated so a decent bill, one we can be proud of, can be brought back for consideration later this year. Thank you.

MAKE THE CALL

If this Farm Bill fails to pass, it sends a message to our Representatives: go back to the drawing board and write a better Farm Bill.

The Farm Bill only comes up for a vote in Congress every five years. It’s important we get it right.

Our food system should make the safest and healthiest food available to everyone, and the Farm Bill that the House of Representatives will soon vote on falls far short. We deserve better.

 

*Need more reasons why this bill is bad? Check out these Top 10 Reasons to Reject the House Farm Bill

JOIN US TO DISH ON THE FARM BILL

Dig deeper into the Farm Bill with us at these upcoming Dishing on the Farm Bill events.  You’ll enjoy great locally-sourced snacks, meet others, learn about the Farm Bill, and have an opportunity to write to lawmakers.

Saturday, May 19, 5-7pm
Jody & Beth Osmund, Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm
1935 N. 3609th Road, Ottawa, IL
RSVP

Thursday, May 24, 6-7:30pm
Hosted by Eleanore Byrne
Lincoln Park Library, 1150 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
RSVP

Saturday, June 2, 5-7:30pm
Alison Parker Parker, Radical Root Farm
31330 N IL RT 21, Libertyville IL 60048
RSVP

Can’t make it? Consider hosting your own. Or co-host with some friends. We’ve made it so easy to host your own with our all-in-one guide.  In the past couple of months, we’ve meet around kitchen tables, living rooms, farms, classrooms, and libraries.

SPREAD THE WORD

After you’ve made a call to urge your Congressperson to vote No on the House Farm Bill at (202) 224-3121 help spread the word by forwarding this article on email or social media.

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