Policy - Farm Bill Edition!
The Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition is non-partisan, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t politically engaged. Local, state, and federal policies directly impact how we farm, and we are organizing to make our concerns, ideas, and needs heard! Stay in the loop on what’s happening locally and globally, and follow the issues as they arise.
As an affiliate of the National Young Farmers Coalition, we support their general policy platform. They are working hard on the Farm Bill right now, and we're doing our best support this work. Here are three things YOU can do right now to help get a Farm Bill that makes sense for beginning farmers in Indiana.
Congress is in the final stages of negotiating the Farm Bill. In short, the Senate and House passed significantly different bills. As they work to reach a bill together, we want to make sure they include programs that help young farmers the most. Here are three things you can do to help THIS week!
1. Write a Letter to the Editor
Representatives in DC read their local papers to see what their voters care about. You can submit a Letter to the Editor about the Farm Bill,
We have three templates that you can use and adapt - one focuses on conservation programs, one on local food, and one on beginning farmer programs. Just choose the template that fits your passion, personalize it, and submit. It's easy and effective.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the templates! We'll include a few tips for submitting your letter.
2. Call Your Representatives
Calls are the coolest. You can call and leave a short message asking your Reps to pass a Farm Bill that helps beginning farmers in Indiana. Here's a basic script you could use:
"Hi, this is __________. I'm a young farmer/farm ally in ___(town/city)________. We need a Farm Bill that works for beginning farmers. Please be sure that the final Farm Bill includes full funding for conservation programs (EQIP, CSP, ACEP), makes programs for beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers permanent (FOTO), and encourages local foods (LAMP). Thank you!"
3. Convince Your Friends to Call and Write!
We bet $5 that your friends respect the heck out of you for farming, and they seek your advice about farm policy.
They'll likely listen up if you ask them to make a quick call to their rep's.
They can use the same script from #2.
You can even give them the phone numbers they need (find phone numbers for your rep's by clicking here).