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Support Sustainable Agriculture Today!

A gritty but incredibly important process called ‘appropriations’ is currently being hammered out between the House and Senate agriculture committees. Encourage your representatives to fully fund programs that support sustainable agriculture! Read on to find out how you can spend five minutes making your voice heard.

What’s going on with agricultural appropriations?

Priorities: Along with our partners at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, we are asking for support for:

  • Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program – $45 million
  • Food Safety Outreach Program – $10 million
  • Farming Opportunities Training and Outreach Program – $10 million
  • Local Agriculture Market Program – $20.4 million
  • FSA Direct and Guaranteed Loans – Level Funding
  • Conservation Technical Assistance – $741.36 million
  • Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network – $10 million
  • Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program – $3 million

What you can do:

  • Call your Members of Congress! Now that conference is underway, this is a great time to reach out and remind your MoCs about your appropriations priorities, especially if you are represented by someone on the House or Senate agriculture appropriations subcommittee.
  • Here’s some sample messaging to use or share with your base – this is about the Value Added Producer Grant Program but can be adapted for any of the above priorities:
    • Call the Capital Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
    • Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am a constituent. I’m calling about funding for local food. As you work on this year’s agriculture spending bill, please make sure the final version contains $45 million in discretionary funding for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Thank you!