Congress: Cosponsor the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Opportunity Act Today!
A new year has begun - and it's a really important one for farmers. Congress will work this year to write the 2018 Farm Bill, which sets the rules of the road for our nation's food and farms!
As this process begins, the farmers and ranchers across the country who feed us are getting older - the average American farmer is nearing 60! Now is the time to invest in the next generation of folks who want to raise our food and steward the land for years to come.
Good news: a bill introduced in the House of Representatives seeks to ensure our next generation of farmers and ranchers thrives! The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act (H.R. 4316) will knock down long-standing barriers to entry and open new doors to economic opportunity for new and aspiring farmers. This legislation will ensure that the 2018 Farm Bill gives real support to both aspiring and retiring farmers and ranchers, as well as the American public, by:
- Expanding beginning farmers’ access to affordable farmland
- Empowering new farmers with the skills to succeed in today’s agricultural economy
- Ensuring equitable access to financial capital and federal crop insurance
- Encouraging a commitment to stewardship across generations
What happens next? Congress is already starting work on the 2018 Farm Bill – now we need to make sure The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act is included in that package! For that to happen, the bill needs co-sponsors – legislators who will stand up for farmers and communities by showing their support for the bill.
Will you ask your legislator to stand up for the next generation of farmers and support beginning farmers today?