Regarding No More Backyard Farming, Home Gardening,
Farmers Markets, Fruit or Vegetable Stands
Information Provided as a Courtesy
Update 6:32 PM 3/9/2009 – Chart of Representatives Below
Please read the bills yourself and draw your own conclusions. We have not read the bills in their entirety, so we cannot accurately comment as to the veracity of those who are either for or against these bills.
However, if there is any terminology the impedes free market growing and raising of natural organic produce in home back yards or small farms, please let us know.
We have provided links below to the full text of the bills as they currently stand. These links are for your convenience.
The information below has been collected by friends and colleagues. If you have anything to contribute or advise us on, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
The following bills propose increased regulation on all farming, growing and producing of foodstuffs to the degree that many, if not all small farmers and growers will be unable to afford and/or meet said guidelines.
This would essentially allow for large agra-businesses to take over full production and eliminate small local growers.
This could potentially also affect "backyard" growers and gardeners as well.
Please draw your own conclusions. We look forward to hearing from you with your input.
Links to the Actual Bills with Complete Text
Update: 5:46 PM 3/9/2009
Information Provided by
the National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association
WHAT: Congressional Hearing on NAIS
WHEN: Wednesday, March 11
WHERE: Washington, DC
The U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry will hold a hearing on NAIS on March 11. Bills to put NAIS into law, HR875 and companion Senate S814, are being pushed through Congress, as well as an Appropriations Bill with funding for NAIS. This hearing is critical to blocking mandatory NAIS.
ACTION: Please call and fax all members of the subcommittee (below). 1. When you call, ask to speak to the legislative aide for agriculture. Form a positive relationship with the aide. Become his or her source of knowledge for NAIS. Be RESPECTFUL and POLITE. Remember, who would the aide rather speak with, someone who is courteous or someone angry and resentful?
2. Please send this to everyone you know, ESPECIALLY to people in the states with members on the subcommittee. Members need to hear from their constituents–the people who vote them into office.
If you are in one of these states, please arrange a meeting with the district representative of the Congressman. That makes a big difference. We need to be real people to the legislators, so that when they think "farm" or "food" they think of us, not Monsanto, Cargill, Tyson, etc…
If your state is not listed below, click HERE to easily find your representatives: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt
|Representative||Phone||Fax||Website email form|
|AL||R-13||Mike Rogers||202.225.3261||202.226.8485||Go to Form|
|202.225.0819||Go to Form|
|CA||D-20||Jim Costa||202.225.3341||202.225.9308||Go to Form|
|CA||D-43||Joe Baca||202.225.6161||202.225.8671||Go to Form|
|CO||D-4||Betsy Markey,||202.225.4676||202.225.5870||Go to Form|
|GA||D-13||David Scott (Chair)||202.225.2939||202.225.4628||Go to Form|
|IA||D-3||Leonard Boswell||202.225.3806||202.225.5608||Go to Form|
|IA||R-5||Steve King||202.225.4426||202.225.3193||Go to Form|
|ID||D-1||Walt Minnick||202.225.6611||202.225.3029||Go to Form|
|MD||D-1||Frank Kratovil||202.225.5311||202.225.0254||Go to Form|
|NE||R-3||Adrian Smith||202.225.6435||202.225.0207||Go to Form|
|PA||D-17||Tim Holden||202.225.5546||202.226.0996||Go to Form|
|TN||R-1||David P. Roe||202.225.6356||202.225.5714||Go to Form|
|TX||R-11||K. Michael Conaway||202.225.3605||202.225.1783||Go to Form|
Ranking Minority Member
|202.225.9615||Go to Form|
|VA||R-6||Bob Goodlatte,||202.225.5431||202.225.9681||Go to Form|
|WI||D-8||Steve Kagen||202.225.5665||202.225.5729||Go to Form|
Get in touch with local farmers and food producers by attending a local farmers market and asking them how business is.
Attend a local WAPF meeting, this is a good start to learning about what is going on in farming and local & state initiatives .
The website is http://www.westonaprice.org/localchapters/index.html
Check out the Farmers Legal Defense Fund at http://www.ftcldf.org/index.html
Find out who sits on your states agriculture and farming committee and contact them with your concerns. Continue to contact your elected officials and let them know your position on legislation and why. Get active at the local and state levels; this is the quickest way to initiate change.
March 8, 2009 at 9:36 pm