Groups including the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and United Dairymen of Arizona have joined a coalition called Farm Bill Now. The coalition is comprised of 39 agricultural organizations with a shared goal of raising public awareness of the need for Congress to pass a new, comprehensive, five-year farm bill before current farm programs expire in September.

Farm Bill Now's interactive web portal allows visitors to connect to their members of Congress and show their support for a new five-year farm bill.

Using messages to Congress via social media, event locations and times, and an online petition, gives both farmers and consumers the resources they need to make their voices heard, telling Congress that the farm bill needs to be completed before the current farm food law expires in September.

In the coming weeks, Farm Bill Now will hold events in Iowa and on Capitol Hill to underscore the message as well.

On Aug. 28, farmers representing multiple groups within the coalition will discuss the Farm Bill Now effort at the annual Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, the nation’s largest outdoor farm show.


On Sept. 12, representatives of many of the groups will gather on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol to encourage Congress to pass the bill before programs expire at the end of the month. PD

—From Farm Bill Now news release