Local, healthy food and land stewardship are essential. Sign our Farm Bill Petition to tell our legislators that we want a 2018 Farm Bill that supports family farmers and conservation! Learn about exciting and positive Farm Bill “marker bills” legislators are advancing in Congress that promote good food and agricultural policy – and how you can take action to support them – below the petition.
PETITION: SUPPORT A GOOD FARM BILL
Dear Federally-elected Officials,
We, Missourians, know local healthy food and land stewardship are essential. We urge you to protect family farmers and conservation in the 2018 Farm Bill.
From farm to fork, our food system should be something we are proud of, making the safest and healthiest food available for everyone. A world-class food system that works for all Missourians is built on good food policies. We want a food and agricultural system we can all be proud of that will make affordable, nutritious and safe food available to everyone while protecting our natural resources. There’s a lot of room for improvement in the Farm Bill considering the United States currently does not grow enough fruits and vegetables to feed Americans a healthy diet according to USDA eating guidelines.
We believe the following bills are the best way to put strong protections on how our food is grown, manufactured, and sold. These bills will give Missourians confidence we are putting the safest, healthiest food on the table while supporting land stewardship across the agricultural landscape.
Please support the inclusion of the following legislation in the 2018 Farm Bill:
- The Healthy Fields and Farm Economies Act (H.R. 4751) will invest in farmers, ranchers, and our shared natural resources, while ensuring accountability to taxpayers who support these programs. We need to conduct robust monitoring of these critical conservation programs in order to provide support for their very necessary funding and to identify where they could be even more effective.
- The Local FARMS Act (S. 1947 / H.R. 3941) is a bill that everyone – eaters and growers alike – can get behind. The Local FARMS Act encourages communities to prosper through farm to fork investments, enables farmers to reach new markets, and helps consumers access fresh, healthy food and farm products.
- The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act (H.R. 4316) decreases barriers for young farmers to become part of the agricultural economy. The farmers and ranchers across the country who feed us are getting older.