August 2020 ๐Ÿ Food & Farming Policy News

How is is local food and farming being affected on a policy level?

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Dear Rebecca,

It’s been a busy summer with Congress still deliberating over the next COVID-19 aid package, and the election right around the corner.

In fantastic news, the Local and Regional Farmer Support Act was introduced by Congresswoman Alma Adams this week, which would provide aid for diversified farms and farmers markets. I encourage everyone to take a moment and call to thank her at (202) 225-1510!

Want to know how to help farms in the next COVID-19 stimulus bill?

Got four minutes? That’s all you need! While your brew your next pot of coffee or tea, pull up our Action Alert, which includes background info, numbers to call, and a script.

Never called a legislator before? Watch this short video for more guidance.

As we have seen, the position our elected officials take on local food issues has a tremendous effect (even more so in the current time). We’re excited to collaborate with many allies to put on a state-level virtual candidate forum on Food, Farms, and Hunger on Wednesday, Sept. 9 (more info below). And if you want a sneak peek, tune in to our Facebook at 10 am on Friday, Sept. 4, where we’ll sit down with RAFI and NC Alliance for Health to discuss what attendees can expect.

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If you’re thinking of hosting your own forum or otherwise engaging with candidates, check out the new questions that we added to Questions for Candidates 2020 in light of new issues raised by COVID-19.

In solidarity,

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Nick Wood, CFSA Policy Director

PS – Registration for our 2020 Sustainable Agriculture Conference kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 9!