Farmers don’t get as much credit as they deserve. Without farmers, families across the nation would not have food on their table. Since the early 1900s the federal government has helped anyone who was willing to become a farmer through loan and funding programs that aid farmers in buying land and equipment.
With federal farming bills facing expiration this year, more than 60 independent farmers and ranchers across the country are meeting with legislators to convince Congress to restore funding for critical agriculture programs and pass a farm bill that helps the sustainability of agriculture.
If the farmers can convince Congress to pass the new bill it will have a positive impact on farming families and their communities. With the passing of the new bill farmers can continue to be their own boss, put fresh food on Americans’ tables, and help stabilize parts of the economy.
Here is what the five-year bill is looking to achieve for the future of farmers, according to a press release from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC):
- Fund programs that help young farmers and ranchers
- Remove barriers that discourage people from entering farming
- Invest in development and growth of economic opportunity for farmers, food business, and rural communities.
- Increasing investment in conservation programs such as the Conservation Stewardship Program, the Conservation Reserve Program, and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
Mac Stone, a farmer for more than 30 years from Georgetown, Kentucky, is going to Washington D.C. to speak to Congress. As a farmer of organic meats and dairy, Stone will be speaking to the success of sustainable agriculture programs that will come of the new bill for other farmers. “A little bit of investment has spurred so much growth of our business,” he said in the release.
Farming isn’t the easiest job. Paul Harvey once said, “And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, I need a caretaker. So God made a farmer.” It was a profession celebrated in this Dodge Ram Super Bowl commercial.