Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Take action! Family farmers must be part of economic recovery

JenYesterday on a phone call with family farmers and legislators, Farm Aid informed reporters about the state of family farms in the U.S.A. We need your help to get the word out.

Farmers are suffering, like all of us, from this economic downturn. Prices for farm products have gone down, while the cost of producing a crop has gone up. To make things worse, farmers are finding that loans are harder to come by, and some farmers can't get the loans they need to plant this spring.

On the call, we emphasized that right now we have a brief window of time to take action with Congress! Family farmers need you and me to immediately contact our members of Congress and ask them to:

  • Ensure that farmers—including beginning farmers—have access to the credit they need to grow our food and our economy

  • Grant farmers the same safeguards that homeowners receive so that farmers facing foreclosure do not lose their farm and their home.
We depend on our farmers and ranchers for a safe and plentiful food supply. Farmers also create jobs, revive and strengthen local economies, reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, protect the soil and water and increase our national security.

Family farmers are the backbone of our economy and they are a national resource we must protect. Please Take Action Now!

If you'd like to read a transcript of the call, please click here.

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