The 2023 Farm Bill will shape the future of agriculture for years to come. Thanks to a delay in the reauthorization process, we have a final, critical window of opportunity to make our voices heard!
- Protect conservation funding and support fairness for small farmers by encouraging Congress to oppose reference price increases – a commodity “safety net” that would funnel money into the hands of mega-size cotton, rice, and peanut farms in the south, and pillage funds from vital conservation programs.
- Address consolidation in the food and agriculture system through the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act – a bill that would provide much-needed accountability and transparency to the checkoff programs producers of 22 commodities (beef, dairy, soy, blueberries, etc.) are required to pay into.
- Increase investments in local and regional food systems through the Local Farms and Food Act (LFFA) – legislation that would improve access to federal resources for smaller-scale producers and organizations, helping to expand local businesses, create jobs, and connect communities with locally-grown food.
- Support soil health and climate resilience through conservation policy – by promoting soil health practices that enhance farmers’ and ranchers’ resilience to the impacts of the climate crisis—while improving profitability and human health—by asking your members of Congress to center State Assistance for Soil Health in the farm bill.
- Invest in organic and sustainable research through the Organic Science and Research Investment Act and the Opportunities in Organic Act – two marker bills that have the potential to strengthen organic research, support transitioning and organic farmers, and increase domestic production to help meet more of the demand for organic food.
- Provide more support for beginning and BIPOC farmers through the Supporting Urban and Innovative Farming Act – a bill that will build upon the successes of the 2018 Farm Bill by providing urban and suburban producers with the resources they need to be successful and provide food to their communities.
1. Find your members of Congress
Do you know your members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives? No worries if not, this legislator lookup tool helps you quickly find out who they are, and how to contact them.
2. Identify your farm bill priorities
Learn about how the 2023 Farm Bill can promote climate resilience, address consolidation, support beginning and BIPOC farmers—and more—by checking out OEFFA’s 2023 Farm Bill Platform. Then, dive into each pillar a little more by familiarizing yourself with our priority Fact Sheets. Each of them includes talking points, a call script, social media captions, and downloadable graphics!
- Promoting Soil Health and Climate Resilience Fact Sheet
- Addressing Food System Consolidation Fact Sheet
- Increasing Investments in Organic and Sustainable Research Fact Sheet
- Supporting Beginning and BIPOC Farmers Fact Sheet
- Strengthening Local and Regional Food Systems Fact Sheet
3. Get additional guidance for taking action
We’ve compiled three quick videos that cover Submitting a Comment to Your Legislator, Using Social Media to Connect with Your Legislator, and Calling Your Legislator. To have the biggest impact, place a few quick and easy calls to members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives!
4. Remember: Your voice is important!
While it may be as simple as making a five-minute phone call or spending a couple of minutes submitting a comment, your action makes a difference. As a collective fighting for a food and agriculture system that’s sustainable, just, and resilient, we need farmers and members like you to share your stories and make your voices heard.
- Joint letter to President Biden (September 2022)
- Protect IRA Funding: Joint Letter to U.S. House and Senate Committee (February 2023)
- Suellyn Shupe Cincinnati Herald LTE: “Farm Bill revisions should give Black farmers a leg up” (September 2023)
- Sasha Miller Guest Blog Post: “Farm Bill 2023: A Major USDA Policy” (September 2023)