By John Crabtree, Center for Rural Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org
As September came to a close, so did the 109th session of Congress. Neither the Senate nor the House of Representatives will meet again until after the November 7th election. During October, most Senators and Representatives, and their opponents, will travel their states and districts meeting with voters and discussing past, present and future issues.
This presents an opportunity for farmers, ranchers and rural people to discuss the future of our rural communities, face to face, with the men and women that will make many decisions in the next two years that directly impact our lives and our communities.
If we expect our elected officials to remember us and our communities, then we need to tell them our stories. And we need to discuss not only the challenges that our communities face, but real solutions as well.
Take the time to meet with your Senators, Representative and challengers. Let them know that there are solutions to the stern challenges faced by our rural communities. Ask Congress to focus the 2007 farm bill on real solutions – beginning farmers and ranchers; conservation on working lands; value added agricultural development; and rural entrepreneurship.
And let them know that they can revitalize family farming by limiting the subsidies that mega farms use to bid up land costs and drive their smaller neighbors out of business. Moreover, farm payment limits will save money that can be invested in the future of rural America.
Read the Center for Rural Affairs’ 2007 farm bill proposals at http://www.cfra.org/.