Letters to the Editor

Farm Bill needs change

This summer, while you’re hopefully enjoying some much needed vacation time and hitting the pool or a barbecue with friends, Congress is considering the Farm Bill. I’m pretty sure we have the better deal.

All kidding aside, the Farm Bill is an important piece of legislation and a big opportunity. Congress has the opportunity to significantly improve the livelihoods of small farmers around the world, including here in the United States, by instituting reform in the U.S. Farm Bill.

Considered once every five years, the Farm Bill is in desperate need of change and this year is our time to act.

The current Farm Bill encourages American farmers to overproduce and flood world markets with crops sold at artificially low prices, making it almost impossible for small farmers at home and abroad to sell their own crops.

The current system does not even primarily benefit America’s small farmers. Reforms should also provide better support for U.S. farm families of modest means as well.

As a member of the ONE Campaign, I urge Congress to make the necessary changes to the Farm Bill — smart trade reform helps everyone. Please visit www.one.org and learn more.

Congress has the opportunity to significantly improve the livelihoods of small farmers around the world.

Let’s do our part in encouraging Congress to make a difference for small farmers in the U.S. and around the world.

Carol Wall

Oak Harbor

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