This is a time-sensitive request. Advocacy is important now more than ever. Through the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), I’ve been tracking federal policy action impacting agriculture within the fast-moving federal stimulus legislation.
This is an especially difficult time for farmers and ranchers engaged in direct sales through farmers markets, schools and restaurants. A new study estimates that local and regional food systems could lose up to $1.3 billion between just March and May of this year.
Please take a minute to support NSAC’s work at the federal level to make sure support for direct-market farmers and communities is included in the big COVID-19 stimulus bill which Congress is working on as we speak.
Reach out to your Members of Congress right NOW to ask for these things in the stimulus package:
Aid for vulnerable farmers: Provide direct payments to farmers who have lost revenue from local and regional markets due to the crisis.
Resources to connect local farmers to families in need: Invest in community-based emergency efforts to buy food from farmers and get it to those who need it most.
Credit to keep farmers in business: Expand farmers’ access to credit and offer debt flexibility to ensure they can plant, grow, and harvest the food we need this year.
Thanks for taking action. We are grateful during these trying times that we can count you as part of our community.