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Ask your Two Senators and your Representative to Co-sponsor the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2011!


Who will grow food for future generations? The current farm population is aging rapidly, and while there are many people that want to farm and ranch they face tremendous obstacles entering this field. To ensure a healthy, safe, and prosperous future America urgently needs new farmers.

Next week the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) will be joining members of Congress and other farm groups in introducing the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2011. 

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2011 is a jobs creator that helps new farmers and ranchers get a start. This is a remarkable opportunity to break down barriers to entry and give real support to aspiring farmers across this nation.  It will expand and improve upon proven programs that provide tools and incentives to ensure the effective start-up and success of small and mid-sized family farmers across the country.

It easy to call:
•    When you call a Senate or House office, ask for the staff member who works on agricultural issues. If the agriculture staffer isn’t available, leave a message and have them call you back.

The Message is Simple:
•    I am a constituent, calling to urge Senator/Congress(wo)man __________ to co-sponsor the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2011.   This legislation is being introduced in the House and Senate next week.  It will help new farmers and ranchers get started in agriculture.  It’s a jobs creator and a cost effective smart investment.  Can I count on Senator/Congress(wo)man_________ to be a co-sponsor?

              - If your Senator will co-sponsor or wants more information: Tell them to communicate with Senator Tom Harkin or Senator John Thune

              - If your Representative will co-sponsor or wants more information: Tell them to communicate with Representative Tim Walz

P.S. It is possible agriculture staffers will ask for a copy of the bill or for additional information.  Feel free to share the summary of the bill at this link

Once you enter your zip code and address below, the phone number for your Senators and Representative will pop up!


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