The 2014 Farm Bill expired September 30; take action to help farmers and ranchers

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Time has run out. The 2014 Farm Bill officially expired on September 30, leaving farmers and ranchers high and dry, while critical programs are effectively eliminated or their implementation is severely inhibited.

Nearly a dozen “tiny but mighty” farm bill programs that provide $140 million supporting sustainable and organic agriculture, rural economic development, and beginning and underserved farmer support have effectively disappeared. And that’s not all – just over a billion dollars in funding, largely for conservation and farmland preservation, is frozen too, preventing farmers from accessing help in stewarding their land.

We can’t let this continue. Farmers and ranchers need a farm bill extension today – one that includes critical programs they rely on to keep their farms running.

by:  jimmy Dyer

>Farm Aid

Take Action with Farm Aid and tell Congress to pass a Farm Bill extension today!

Dear congress:

Please don’t walk away from America’s farmers and ranchers. We need a new 2018 Farm Bill now based on the bipartisan Senate bill. In the meantime, a full extension of the old bill to keep programs that farmers and communities rely on must be passed. In particular, these 10 programs cannot operate without a new farm bill or an extension of the old one that provides funding for them:

Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG)
Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP)
Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives Program (FINI)
Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP)
Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)
National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP)
Organic Production and Market Data Initiative (ODI)
Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP)
Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers (Section 2501)
Conservation Reserve Program – Transition Incentives Program (CRP-TIP)

Please ensure expiring farm bill programs that support local and regional food systems, healthy food access, beginning farmers, farmers of color, military veterans in agriculture, organic agriculture, rural economic development, conservation, and specialty crops aren’t left behind!

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