Sustainable and organic farmers share their needs for the 2023 Farm Bill
On August 30, US Senator Sherrod Brown met with sustainable and organic farmers in Ohio to discuss their needs and concerns ahead of the 2023 Farm Bill. Pictured are Senator Sherrod Brown (center) and OEFFA Policy Director Amalie Lipstreau (right). (OEFFA)
WORCESTER, Ohio — On August 30, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown met with sustainable and organic farmers to discuss their needs and concerns ahead of the 2023 Farm Bill.
Held at Green Field Farms in Worcester, this roundtable brought together organic grain producers, grass-fed livestock farmers, fruit and vegetable producers, and food and agricultural businesses involved in the economics of sustainable agriculture. Ohio Organic Food and Farmers Association (OEFFA) in partnership with Green Field Farms for a tour and audition.
“This is an incredibly challenging time that also presents many opportunities,” said OEFFA Policy Director Amalie Lipstreu. “We can provide greater support to farmers to provide clean water, carbon sequestration and grow healthy food for their communities, contributing to a diverse and sustainable food supply.
“Senator Brown has been an advocate for local and regional food systems. Strengthening these systems helps small and medium-sized farmers to sell at higher value markets and the population to have better access to local food,” continued Lipstreu. “These investments lead to a stronger food supply chain that is better able to withstand the disruptions we saw at the start of the COVID pandemic.”
Many sustainable and organic farmers are interested in becoming part of the solution to climate change. Holistic systems such as organic agriculture use a synergistic set of beneficial practices.
Many livestock producers are looking to invest in custom meat processing to gain access to markets. Due to the limited amount of processing capacity, some breeders had to plan their meetings two years in advance.
“I need to schedule the handling of animals whose mothers have not yet been born,” said Mike Jones of the Tierra Verde Farms.
Crop insurance has become an important topic in the upcoming farm bill. Eli Dean of Timberlane Farms said crop insurance is an incredibly valuable tool, but its subsidies need to be aligned with other farm subsidy programs that have limitations.
Lipstreu said, “The challenges ahead require reorienting our food and agriculture system toward healthy soils, products, and ecosystem diversity, and ensuring that the Farm Bill incentivizes production, processing, and distribution systems to help us achieve these goals.”
Learn more about OEFFA’s grassroots work on the 2023 farm bill at action.oeffa.org.
— Ohio Organic Foods and Farms Association
https://www.morningagclips.com/oeffa-farm-bill-roundtable-with-sen-brown/ OEFFA Farm Bill Roundtable with Senator Brown