American Farmland Trust joined more than 60 organizations to tell Congressional leaders that U.S. agriculture needs a farm bill now. The letter, addressed to the leadership of the House and Senate agriculture committees, urged a rejection of calls to extend the current farm bill and instead proposed the critical need to “aggressively act to ensure that a new, comprehensive farm bill is passed this year.”
In a press release regarding the letter, Jon Scholl, President of American Farmland Trust, explained:
We must work to pass a farm bill in 2012 because our nation’s farmers and ranchers deserve a measure of certainty. Farmers require a safety net that works effectively, and they need access to tools that help them be good stewards of our natural resources. Those people less fortunate during these economic times deserve a helping hand so they don’t go hungry, while our nation as a whole needs the security which effective food policies and programs can bring.
Download the letter, including a full list of all organizations who signed on.