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Have you shopped at a farmers’ market lately?
Noticed more local produce at your local grocery store or restaurant?
On your child’s lunch tray at school?

*Wherever there’s local food, there are farmers feeding communities and
creating jobs. *
It’s a win-win for farmers and for people like us.  But we’ve got so far to
go – and this week we have a chance to take a huge stride forward for a
better future for our nation’s food & farms.

The Senate is debating the 2013 Farm Bill right now.  The bill plays a huge
role in helping communities and farmers work together to strengthen local
economies and ensure everyone has access to fresh, healthy food.

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has just introduced a critical amendment that
will have a transformative impact on our food and farm system – and we need
your help to make it part of the 2013 Farm Bill!

This amendment increases funding for critical programs that directly help
farmers and communities put solutions into action on the ground – including
Community Food Projects, the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion
Program, the Value-Added Producer Grants Program, and the Senior Farmers
Market Nutrition Program.

These programs make it possible for...

   - Low-income seniors to access fresh, healthy produce from local
   - Farmers to expand their operations into new products – like freezing
   fresh veggies for schools to use during winter months.
   - Communities to build their own food solutions from the ground up –
   like urban farms, mobile groceries, and youth-led healthy eating programs.

*Got five minutes? * We need your help! Among the hundreds of amendments
the Senate will debate in the coming days, this one stands out – it’s got
the potential to make a real difference on the ground and in the lives of
farmers and communities.

*We need YOU to call Senator Levin today! **(202) 224-6221*
A call is best, but you can instead email Senator Levin

Calling is easy – just dial the numbers above and leave a message like this
one below with the person who answers the phone:

“Hello, my name is ___ and I’m a constituent and a voter (*and tell ‘em if
you’re a farmer*!).  I would like to leave a message for Senator Levin’s
agriculture staffer.  Can you take a message for me, please?  The message
is:  I urge the Senator to support Senator Brown’s local food and market
development amendment, #1088, during floor debate this week.  This
amendment is critical to building a better future for food and farms in our
state.  Thank you.”

We won’t get a better farm bill without your help. But with it, we will get
a better future for our nation’s food and farms –Make that quick call right
now – and help us spread the word!

Thanks for your consideration of this issue and for all you do for Michigan

*We'll be sure to send updates as things change quickly, but here are some
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Want to get a better idea of what each amendment is about?
Check out the Farm Bill Amendment Tracker - Updated

Looking for a bit more information on amendments?
Check out our rundown of what’s at stake. <>
Best wishes,
*Lindsey Scalera*
*Michigan Voices for Good Food Policy*
Grassroots Organizer
(734) 365-6932

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