Last week, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree announced that they will introduce the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act, a comprehensive bill intended for inclusion in the 2012 farm bill.
Helen Dombalis, a Policy Associate with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, stated that, “we applaud Senator Brown and Congresswoman Pingree for introducing this legislation, which is important to farmers and consumers alike. The Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act revises and expands federal farm programs already in place to ensure that they work well for producers wanting to add value to their products and to sell in their own communities and regional markets, helping to meet rapidly expanding consumer demand for local food.”
The bill includes provisions that cut across ten titles of the farm bill, including proposals that address conservation, credit, nutrition, rural development, research and Extension, food safety, livestock, and crop insurance.
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