The Local Food and Regional Market Supply Act of 2017

Background

The Local Food and Regional Market Supply (FARMS) Act of 2017 (S.1947 / H.R.3941) was introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), and Sean Maloney (D-NY). The bill would support the continued expansion of new market opportunities for American family farmers by:

  • Helping farmers reach new markets through outreach, cost-share, and technical assistance programs
  • Increasing access to fresh, healthy, local food among low-income groups and communities in need
  • Developing new and strengthening existing infrastructure that connects producers to consumers

The Local FARMS Act is a priority for the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association because the bill recognizes the vast, untapped potential in our farming and food producing communities and offers ways to transform that potential into economic prosperity. The Local FARMS Act means opportunity for farmers in the Carolinas, as well as increased access to fresh, healthy foods for families across both states.

Click here for a summary of The Local FARMS Act and here for a more detailed outline, both from our friends at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, of which CFSA is a member.

The Current Situation

Oct 4, 2017
The Local FARMS Act was introduced in the House and Senate.

Take Action

Oct 11, 2017

Will you ask your legislator to co-sponsor this bill today?

Take Action! Call Congress TODAY!

No matter where you live, you can help! Please call your Representative and both of your Senators and ask them to cosponsor The Local FARMS Act.

To find the contact information for your Representative, please click here. Below are contacts for Senators from both states.

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)
DC Office: 202-224-3154

Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC)
DC Office: 202-224-6342

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
DC Office: 202-224-5972

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
DC Office: 202-224-6121

Here is some sample language that you can use for your call (or make up your own!):

“Hello, my name is ____________ and I am a constituent and a voter (tell ‘em if you’re a farmer!). I support local farmers, and I want good food in my community. Please co-sponsor The Local FARMS Act (S.1947 and H.R.3941) today!”

Thanks for speaking out! Making a call will take under five minutes and actually makes a difference. If you feel nervous, or want to prepare for a phone call, CFSA has a quick video on how to call your legislators.

Thanks for all that you do,
The CFSA Policy Team

Let us know if you make the call:

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