Last week, Erin Swenson-Klatt, the current chair of Slow Food Oberlin, joined more than 30 farmers and farm advocates from across the country for a Fly In with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition to lobby against cuts proposed for sustainable agriculture programs in the 2008 and 2012 Farm Bills. Over $1 billion in cuts were recently proposed for programs that provide services, grant money and research crucial for the sustainable agriculture community, many of which particularly benefit young and/or minority farmers, while commodity subsidies and insurance programs have been left untouched. While cuts must be made in this economic climate, we demand that they be fair to all our farmers.
There’s no news yet on possible cuts made through this past weekend’s budget negotiations, but we’ll keep you updated. In the meantime, check out this article for more information about the Fly In and join us next week to learn more about the Farm Bill.