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Who will grow food for future generations? The current farm population is aging rapidly, and while there are many people who 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.

Ask your two Senators and Representative Co-sponsor the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act (BFROA) of 2011! This is our chance to break down barriers that impede new agriculture entrepreneurs from starting a farming business.

BFROA would improve existing credit programs so young and beginning farmers can access the financing necessary to run their businesses. It would reauthorize important conservation programs that foster new life-long stewards of the land and encourage innovative strategies for land transfer and farm entry. The bill also invests farm bill dollars in training veterans who want to launch a ranching or farming business.

Once you enter your zip code, the correct names and phone numbers will pop up so you can address your call to the appropriate recipient!

It just takes a moment to call: 

The simple message:

I am a constituent. I am calling to urge Senator/Congress(wo)man __________ to co-sponsor the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2011. This legislation was recently introduced in the House and Senate. It will help new farmers and ranchers get started in agriculture. It’s a job creator and a cost effective smart investment. Investing in the future of agriculture is not a partisan issue, it benefits everyone. Can I count on Senator/Representative________ to be a co-sponsor?
-If your Senator will co-sponsor or wants more information: Tell them to communicate with Senator Tom Harkin’s office.

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

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. It was introduced in the House by Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN-1) and Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE-1), and in the Senate by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), along with nine original co-sponsors.



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