NWFBAG Endorses Statement of Support for a Full and Fair Farm Bill

January 8, 2013 - 4:55 pm No Comments

The Northwest Farm Bill Action Group has signed on to endorse the following letter, in response to the counterproductive Farm Bill extension passed by Congress last week.

January 7, 2013

Statement of Support for a Full and Fair Farm Bill

We, the undersigned, worked diligently and in good faith with the Senate and House Agriculture Committees to complete the 2012 Farm Bill in regular order. When that did not occur, the Committees jointly developed a plan for a one-year extension that, while flawed, had many merits. Like the Agriculture Committee leaders and members, we were shocked to learn that this agreement had been replaced by a biased extension that also disappointed the farmers, fishers, ranchers, Tribal Nations, farmworkers, and rural and urban communities we represent.

Direct payments were continued at the full 2008 levels – despite agreements to reduce them – while disaster response support for producers who have suffered up to three years of extreme drought and heat was eliminated.

In the 2002 and 2008 Farm Bills, Congress gradually adopted a set of programs to build the foundation for a new food system. This emerging food system, a small but growing portion of overall US Farm and Food Policy, has the potential to enhance equity for our nation’s diverse producers and farmworkers, secure a future in agriculture for new entry farmers and rural, urban and tribal communities, and provide fresh, local food for all consumers.

The Agriculture Committees’ December 31 agreement continued 2013 support for these critical programs, which ranged from Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers to Beginning Farmer Development, Rural Development, Specialty Crop, Organic and Urban Agriculture, and others, including a deep surprise cut in the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance) education program. All of this funding was zeroed out as the Farm Bill extension was attached to the fiscal cliff bill that has now become law.

We thank the Agriculture Committee leadership and members for their efforts to achieve balance. Beginning immediately, we pledge to work with the incoming Agriculture Committees to complete a full and fair Farm Bill that mitigates disasters, protects natural resources, provides equity and inclusion, constructs a new and economically viable future for agriculture and rural communities, and assures healthy food for all consumers.

List of signatories:

21st Century Youth Leadership Movement, Eutaw, AL
4th Street Farms, Columbus, OH
Agricultural Missions, New York, NY
AgriForaging, Margaretville, NY
Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Oxnard, CA
America The Beautiful Fund, Washington, DC
American Federation of Government Employees Local 3354, St. Louis, MO
American Friends Service Committee, Anthony, NM
American Indian Mothers Inc., Shannon, NC
American Sustainable Business Council, Washington, DC
Arkansas Land and Farm Development Coorporation, Brinkley, AR
Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake Counties Farmers Union, Windsor, OH
Atrium Healthy Homes, Worcester, MA
Black Family Land Trust, Inc, Durham, NC
Blue Sky Produce, Phillips, ME
Brooklyn Food Coalition, Brooklyn, NY
CAMP, Las Cruces, NM
Campesinos Sin Fronteras, Somerton, AZ
Cedarville Band of the Piscataway Indians, Inc., Waldorf, MD
Center for Social Sustainable Systems, Albuquerque, NM
Charles Melvin Creecy (CMC) Cooperatives, Ahoskie, NC
Claudia de Leon, Silver Spring, MD
Colo Hispanic Ranchers, Antonito, CO
Community Alliance for Global Justice, Seattle, WA
Community Food and Justice Coalition, Oakland, CA
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture. South Deerfield, MA
Cultivating Community, Portland, ME
Dakota Rural Action, Brookings. SD
Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Milanville, PA
Down to Earth Markets, Ossining, NY
Dumbarton UMC, Washington, DC
Eat City Heights, San Diego, CA
ECO City Farms, Riverdale, MD
Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage, Cincinnati, OH
Fair World Project, Portland, OR
Farmers on the Move, Battle Creek, MI
Farm to Table Food Services, Oakland, CA
Farmworker Association of Florida, Inc., Apopka, FL
Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, Epes, AL
Fernandez Ranch, Centerville, WA
Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers, Inc ( FOG), Gainesville, FL
Food & Water Watch, Washington, DC
Food Democracy Now!, Clear Lake, IA
Food Field, Detroit, MI
Gardens of Hope, Tiptonville, TN
GoingGreenie, Ridgefield, CT
Good Eaters, San Diego, CA
Growing Hope, Ypsilanti, MI
Healthy Farms Healthy People Coalition, Washington, DC
Hmong National Development, Inc., Washington, DC
Hoosac Harvest, N Adams, MA
Hungry Hollow Co-op, Chestnut Ridge, NY
Independent Farmer, Hyattsville, MD
Indian Nations Conservation Alliance, Twin Bridges, MT
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Minneapolis, MN
Institute for Community Engagement, Las Cruces, NM
Intertribal Agriculture Council, Billings, MT
Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Baltimore, MD
Karuna Wolf Farm, Staatsburg, NY
Kikandwa Environmental Association, Kampala, Mityan
KN, Brooklyn, NY
La Semilla Food Center, Anthony, NM
Land For Good, Keene, NH
Land Stewardship Project, Minneapolis, MN
Live Real, Oakland, CA
Local Matters, Columbus, OH
Local to Global Advocates for Justice, Kansas City, KS
Los Jardines Institute, Albuquerque, NM
Lower Shore Land Trust, Berlin, MD
MARP, Brooklyn, NY
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, WI
Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, Spring Valley, WI
Millett & Associates, Chicago, IL
Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Columbia, MO
Mountain View Farm, Margaretville, NY
National Family Farm Coalition, Washington, DC
National Hmong American Farmers, Inc, Fresno, CA
National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association, Washington, DC
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Washington, DC
National Women in Agriculture Association, Oklahoma City, OK
National Young Farmers Coalition, Tivoli, NY
Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society, Ceresco, NE
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Lowell, MA
New Orleans Food & Farm Network, New Orleans, LA
New Roots for Refugees, Kansas City, KS
NIFI, El Paso, TX
North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers Land Loss Prevention Project, Inc, Durham, NC
Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance, Deerfield, MA
Northeast Pasture Consortium, Greensboro, NC
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG), New Paltz, NY
Northern New Mexico Stockman’s Association, Taos, NM
Northwest Farm Bill Action Group, Seattle, WA
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, Columbus, OH
Ohio Family Farm Organization, Ft. Jennings, OH
Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project, Inc., Oklahoma City, OK
Operation Spring Plant, Oxford, NC
Oregon Tilth, Corvallis, OR
Organic Consumers Association, Finland, MN
Organizacion en California de Lideres Campesinas, Oxnard, CA
Planting Justice, Oakland, CA
Prairie Drifter Farm, Litchfield, MN
Project SOY, Inglewood, CA
Rio Grande Community Development Corporation, Albuquerque, NM
Rooted In Community, Berkeley, CA
Rural Advancement Fund, Orangeburg, SC
Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural, Washington, DC
Rural Development Leadership Network, New York, NY
School Food FOCUS National Office, New York, NY
SEED Committee Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Holyoke, MA
Seeds of Solidarity, Orange, MA
Shoreline Study Center, Encinitas, CA
Simple Gifts Farm, Amherst, MA
Slow Food West Michigan, Belmont, MI
South Valley Regional Association of Acequias, Albuquerque, NM
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Fayetteville, AR
Spring Creek Farm, Baldwin City, KS
Springfield Community Garden Family Fit Center, Springfield, IL
Ted Chapman Landscape Design, Newton, MA
Texas Mexico Border Coalition CBO, San Isidro, TX
The Alliance Community Garden, Houston, TX
The Alliance For Multicultural Community Services, Houston, TX
The Center for Social Inclusion, New York, NY
Tilth Producers of Washington, Seattle, WA
Town of Atrisco Grant Merced, Atrisco, NM
Transition Westfield, Westfield, MA
Tufts University, Boston, MA
Twins River Cooperative, Ahoskie, NC
UC Davis, Davis, CA
United Farmers USA, Manning, SC
United with Migrants, Inc., Westminster, CL
Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College, Los Angles, CA
Urban Gleaners, Portland, OR
Valley Green Feast, Holyoke, MA
Virginia Association for Biological Farming, Lexington, VA
WhyHunger, New York, NY
Winston County Self Help Cooperative, Louisville, MS
World Farmers Inc, Lancaster, MA
Yellow Brick Farm, Louisburg, KS

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