New farm bill needs to level the playing field for small, local farms
Congratulations to our local farmers for making Michigan one of the top 10 states for winter farm markets (Kim Bayer, “In praise of winter vegetables and winter farmers markets,” Feb. 7).
The Ann Arbor Farmers' Market is a great place to find fresh food and lively people, and I am proud to see it thrive.
If we want to see fresh, local food in our grocery stores and farmers' markets, we need to support our local farmers. Large corporate agribusinesses are driving out small- and mid-sized farms; over the five years leading up to the last Farm Bill, around 27,000 independent farms were driven out of business nationwide. We need a Farm Bill that provides a level playing field for small producers by addressing competition in the food industry.
Congress is working on a new Farm Bill this year, and because Senator Stabenow is chair of the Agriculture Committee, here in Michigan we have the unique opportunity to help shape farm policy by making our voices heard.
Let's keep Michigan's farms strong and competitive! Call on Senator Stabenow to support a competition title in this year's Farm Bill.