Congressman Blumenauer Statement on Latest Farm Bill Agreement
Washington, DC – Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) today released the following statement in opposition of the newest Farm Bill expected to be considered in the House this week:
“Congress is bringing up yet another bad Farm Bill that pays too much to the wrong people to grow the wrong foods in the wrong places. After more American people spoke up in opposition, this is a missed opportunity to make real improvements for farmers, the climate, and the food we eat every single day,” said Congressman Blumenauer.
“While the agriculture committees have been drafting this disappointing proposal behind closed doors, I spent three years listening to the needs of farmers around the country and this bill does not address those needs. This bill cuts an important conservation program and expands subsidies paid to non-farming cousins, nieces and nephews. My Food and Farm Act is an example of how it could be done right. We can and must do better.”
Last year, Blumenauer introduced an alternative bill that comprehensively advances reforms on four principles: 1) focusing resources on those who need it most; (2) fostering innovation; (3) encouraging investments in people and the planet; (4) ensuring access to healthy foods.
Blumenauer’s legislation is the result of his Sing Your Own Farm Bill project, a multi-year effort to engage a wide variety of stakeholders. As part of this project, Blumenauer met with agricultural researchers, farmworkers, nutritionists, small and mid-sized farmers and ranchers, conservationists and advocates committed to creating a more visionary, equitable, and cost-effective Farm Bill