This was forwarded from COMFOOD listserv and as Michigan’s farmers transition and create new opportunties for entering farmers this is VERY IMPORTANT to serve our state. Please consider signing this letter.


Vicki Morrone

Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist

Michigan State University

C.S. Mott Sustainable Food Systems

303 Natural Resources Bldg.

East Lansing, MI 48824


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From: Hugh Joseph [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2007 3:03 PM
To: [log in to unmask]; IFFS
Subject: [COMFOOD:] Beginning Farmer farm bill crisis


Please note urgent deadline

The crisis, in a nutshell, is that the $15 m and $5 m a year promised by Sen. Harkin for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program and BFR Individual Development Account was lost a couple days ago in harsh negotiations he faced with Sens. Chambliss and Conrad.  We need to get it back.  This letter is part of that strategy.  We are likely working toward an amendment of some kind, but can't wait for the details of that to be worked out before getting a letter up there to the Committee.  Senate Ag Committee marks up Farm Bill next week, probably starting Wednesday.  Time is of the essence.  Show of strength important.  Email or call Adam and sign on!

Here is information to sign on to the attached letter.  Please contact Adam Warthesen at [log in to unmask] or 612-722-6377 with the OK.   Monday noon deadline.  And please forward to other groups that have a beginning farmer mission or focus area of some kind that you think would sign on.

Thank you,

Ferd Hoefner

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