Opportunity to Let Congress Know You Support Climate Smart Policy: Farmer-Rancher Climate Sign-On Letter
Agriculture is clearly on the frontlines of a changing climate. Extreme rainfall, floods, and delayed planting here in Kansas have brought home the urgent need to address climate and its impacts on agriculture. Sustainable, regenerative and organic farmers can do a lot to build the resilience of our farms and ranchesto extreme weather events, store excess carbon in our soils and trees, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Now is the time to join thousands of other farmers and ranchers across the nation to ask policymakers and federal administrators to help us meet the challenges of a changing climate and become part of the solution.
As a member group of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition,the Kansas Rural Center is gathering signatures on a Farmer Letter on Climate Change. Beginning in the spring of 2020, NSAC and member groups will use this letter in meetings with members of Congress, USDA program leaders, and other key decision-makers to urge effective policy action to combat climate change, and especially to help farmers and ranchers weather the storm and lead the way towards a more sustainable future. You can view the letter here and add your signature at the link provided below.
Note that we are specifically seeking signatures from farmers and ranchers at this time, as defined by USDA as producers who sell at least $1,000 in farm products annually.
If you are a gardener, service provider, advocate, or consumer who is not making income from farm products, there are other ways that you can help in our efforts to address the climate crisis in our agricultural and food system. For starters, you could share this sign-on opportunity with the farmers in your networks or at farmers’ markets or farm stands where you shop. As this campaign grows, there will be more opportunities later for non-farming folks to get involved. But for now, we want farmers and ranchers to sign on.