The U.S House Ag. Committee Will Hold a Listening Session on Aug. 30 in Decatur
Members of the House Ag Committee are preparing to write the next Farm Bill and they’re coming to Decatur for one of only a few Listening Sessions across the country. With three members of Congress from Illinois on the House Agriculture Committee, folks in our state have a unique opportunity to shape the future of food and farming in this country. If you care about how food is produced; if you care about eliminating food insecurity; if you care about protecting soil and water for your children and grandchildren, this Listening Session is the time to show up and speak up.
We’ll be there to tell our members of Congress that we want a Farm Bill that provides access to good food for all, keeps family farmers on the land, and protects our soil and water.
Will you join us in Decatur?
Farm Bill Listening Session at the Farm Progress Show
August 30, 2017, 9:00am
Shilling Hall at Richland Community College
1 College Park, Decatur, IL 62521
You will have three minutes to ask a question and tell the committee what you want to see in the next farm bill.
The Farm Bill covers everything from conservation to crop insurance, SNAP (food stamps) to rural utility access, beginning farmer programs to value-added producer grants, organics research to financial credit, and much more. Congress only considers the Farm Bill once every five years.
We’re lucky to have the opportunity right in our backyard to talk with leaders of the U.S. House whose decisions will shape the future of our food and farming system.
We’ll send you questions to ask, background info, and advice about how to have your voice heard. As we learn more details about the Committee’s plan for who speaks and when, we’ll share it with you. And on Aug. 30th, we’ll be there and will gather everybody together.
After the listening session, head on over to the Farm Progress Show and visit Illinois Stewardship Alliance’s table in the Conservation Tent. We will be distributing conservation educational materials, talking to farmers about resources to help them steward their soil and water, and hosting a panel on small grain production and how farmers can take advantage of this emerging opportunity.
The Listening Session is free to attend, but you must purchase tickets for the Farm Progress Show. Ticket details are available here.