They're Listening... REALLY!

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With Congress in your districts on recess during August and some of September, it's the perfect time for you to meet with your Representative and staff.  We've been telling our Representative how important organic agriculture is for our region, economy and families for the past several days.

Local organic engagement is most important NOW.  Your words carry tremendous impact with legislators, especially leading up to a big election. Farmers and advocates  are rocking organic across the country. In New York State, organic farmers held an event with Congressman Chris Gibson to talk about the farm bill and celebrate organic agriculture. 

In Minnesota, organic advocates met with Congressman Collin Peterson to advocate for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program and the National Organic Program. Oklahoma’s first certified organic farmer is organizing a meeting with House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas to discuss the importance of organic in Oklahoma. And here in California, OFRF met with Congressman Sam Farr to discuss strategies for advancing organic through federal policy.

It’s rather painless to gather your farmer and advocate friends and have a meeting with your Representative. They want to hear from you! And while you’re at it, it only takes a phone call to your local newspaper (and a short press release; ask me if you need help with this) to get local coverage of your organic advocacy.

Check out the in-depth cover story we just got published here in Santa Cruz!

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