Lyons, Nebraska – Traci Bruckner will be representing the Center for Rural Affairs at a Farm Bill meeting held at the University of Iowa, Indiana Room in Iowa City, 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 25th, 2007. It is one of five Farm Bill meetings being held in five communities across Iowa.
Farmers and rural residents are encouraged to attend the Farm Bill meetings to provide ideas on how this farm bill can work to create a real future for beginning and family farms and rural communities. "For better or worse, the 2007 Farm Bill has the potential to be a tremendous instrument of change in Iowa and the rest of rural America. It is important to bring voices into this debate that have not received enough attention in the past - small family farmers, beginning farmers, rural citizens concerned with economic growth in their communities, and anyone concerned with the environmental health of the countryside and the safety and quality of our food supply. I think these meetings provide a forum for all those viewpoints," commented Jana Linderman, a volunteer from Cedar Rapids who is helping organize the meeting.
In addition to discussing ideas that farmers and rural people bring to the meeting, the meeting will cover policy options that have been developed to address barriers and opportunities for beginning, and family farmers and ranchers, such as the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. This program holds great hope for beginning farmers and ranchers, but was never funded under the 2002 farm bill.
Also discussed will be the Value Added Producer Grants Program, a program that has helped family farmers and ranchers create high-value, niche markets.
“To ensure that policy makers are educated on how the next farm bill creates a future for all of rural America, it is important to work together,” says Bruckner, Assistant Director for the Center for Rural Affairs Rural Policy Program.
Location – University of Iowa, Indiana Room, Iowa City, IA
Date – Thursday, January 25th, 2007 7:00 p.m.
Location – St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Dorchester, IA
Date – Monday, January 29th, 2007 7:00 p.m.
Location – Wild Rose Casino, Emmetsburg, IA
Date – Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 7:00 p.m.
Location – Cass County Community Center, Atlantic, IA
Date – Monday, February 5th, 2007 7:00 p.m.
Location – Iowa State University, Cardinal Room, Ames, IA
Date –Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 7:00 p.m.
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