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We Still Want to Hear Your #MyFarmBill Stories!

As we get back to work following the lapse in appropriations, USDA remains focused on sharing the importance of Farm Bill programs for all Americans. A Food, Farm and Jobs Bill is critical to growing the rural economy, providing nutrition to families in need, strengthening agricultural research, growing a biobased economy and much more.

Now that we’re back to work, our #MyFarmBill social media campaign is ramping back up, and we need to hear from you! We’re asking agriculture and rural stakeholders from across the nation to continue sharing stories on how #MyFarmBill impacts you – using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and other tools. Your input will build on the incredible response we’ve already seen – videos, photos and tweets that you can view here.

We hope you will continue to use the #MyFarmBill hashtag to show the tremendous impact of Farm Bill programs across our nation!

7 Responses to “We Still Want to Hear Your #MyFarmBill Stories!”

  1. Arthur Tesla says:

    No farm subsidies for genetically engineered poison corn and soy! No subsidies for genetically engineered crops! Subsidies should ONLY go to organic farmers producing healthy food that consumers want!

  2. Thurman Hutchins says:

    I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but once again. Pleas make it much simpler for a person to apply for USDA/FSA beginning farmer and rancher loans. There are a lot of us out here that want these loans but don’t have the necessary funds at hire a wall street lawyer to do the paper work or pay a broker quite a large part of the funds acquired to do the paper work. Also just because a person has had some bad credit reports from past medical bills doesn’t make him or her a credit risk. What can bee done to help with these problems?? Please reply to this at above email.

  3. susan mehaffey says:

    Thank you for your much appreciated concern for animals,plants, and humans.I would love to farm again,but only to set up family to have profitable businesses and care properly for the farm animals and/or plants.One must prepare for old age when health issues sometimes consumes the person and all they wish is comfort and to stay as independent as feasible for as long as God will provide and to not be a burden on their families.Let me know if I can help further. Remember my book and its futuristic farm concepts and ideas and that teams of folks are needed since we have hands and animals do not.”Diary of a Small Farmer” by Susan Goulard Mehaffey.Thanks for trying your best to help provide the best.

  4. william says:

    The reality is what the reality is. Round-up ready soybeans and GMO crops are produced on millions of acres of cropland. Some data indicates that they make up the lions share of US crop production. To ignore the increased need for America to feed a growing nation and capture a revenue sustainable/profitable world marketplace, susibies should be unbiased to organic or GMO. American farminf families need every bit of help they can get to feed the world at large and provide for their families in an economically challenging business.

  5. Carrie says:

    The farm bill should be used for the greater good of the people, and future generations, rather than the profit of short term corporate interests. Instead of rewarding corporations with subsidies, let’s focus on making healthy food available to everyone in our nation.

    Quoting Mark Bittman here, recent article in NY Times:

    “If we want to ensure that poor people eat and also do a better job than “modern” farming does at preserving the earth’s health and productivity, we must stop assuming that the industrial model of food production and its accompanying disease-producing diet is both inevitable and desirable. I have dozens of friends and colleagues who say things like, “I hate industrial ag, but how will we feed the poor?”

    Let’s at last recognize that there are two food systems, one industrial and one of small landholders, or peasants if you prefer. The peasant system is not only here for good, it’s arguably more efficient than the industrial model. According to the ETC Group, a research and advocacy organization based in Ottawa, the industrial food chain uses 70 percent of agricultural resources to provide 30 percent of the world’s food, whereas what ETC calls “the peasant food web” produces the remaining 70 percent using only 30 percent of the resources.

    Yes, it is true that high-yielding varieties of any major commercial monoculture crop will produce more per acre than peasant-bred varieties of the same crop. But by diversifying crops, mixing plants and animals, planting trees — which provide not only fruit but shelter for birds, shade, fertility through nutrient recycling, and more — small landholders can produce more food (and more kinds of food) with fewer resources and lower transportation costs (which means a lower carbon footprint), while providing greater food security, maintaining greater biodiversity, and even better withstanding the effects of climate change. (Not only that: their techniques have been demonstrated to be effective on larger-scale farms, even in the Corn Belt of the United States.) And all of this without the level of subsidies and other support that industrial agriculture has received in the last half-century, and despite the efforts of Big Ag to become even more dominant.”

    We have the answers in front of us. We just need to be strong enough to make good decisions, for the people, in the face of corporations and their lobbyists who will argue for the status quo.

  6. Kay Beams says:

    No farm subsidies for genetically engineered poison corn and soy! No subsidies for genetically engineered crops! Subsidies should ONLY go to organic farmers producing healthy food that consumers want! – See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2013/10/18/we-still-want-to-hear-your-myfarmbill-stories/#sthash.zJZZO0bI.dpuf

    Also, do NOT let the Farm Bill include cuts to SNAP. These are the poorest people and who cannot afford to put healthy food on the table every day of the month. We cannot put them in a position as to whether to pick nutritious food on the table for their families. They cannot afford to have less money available for their families nutrition needs. Are the members of Congress and the President having to make these choices? NO. They need to give up some of their “entitlements” that we are paying for–retirement, health care, slush funds which are contributed by friends and family and are not ever checked as to what they are spent for. They are spent for lavish family trips, hiring and paying family members for bogus jobs, loaning money to their campaign funds from their own funds and paying exhorbitant interest rates and enriching their own finances. One Senator loaned $15000 to her campaign fund and charged 18% interest for a net gain of $250000 in interest. These funds are also allowed to be taken with the Congressmen and President when they leave office or are voted out. So they don’t even have to pay for their luxurious trips, etc after they leave office. What a racket. These are ENTITLEMENTS. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are NOT ENTITLEMENTS. They are EARNED BENEFITS. Take ENTITLEMENTS away from all of you politicians to pay off the debt and lower spending. What a concept. Of course, they are vehemently opposed to this. Instead they want to pick on the poor, the seniors and all those who barely survive with food, shelter, utilities, and all everyday expenses. Then, there all those who are forced to sleep under bridges and anyway they can survive in cold, harsh weather. Or any others who do not have the comfort of a home or apartment or any indoor space to go to. Why these politicians think they can pick on the poor and seniors are sick, sick, sick and greedy, greedy, greedy and arrogant, arrogant, arrogant.

  7. quindle booker says:

    usda farm bill program is best it has given me opportunities that my children children will enjoy so keep it goin usda

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