October 18, 2005
The US Department of Agriculture is continuing to hold Farm Bill listening sessions to gather inputs for the next US Farm Bill which will define farm and food program priorities of the nation for the next five years, or until 2012.
If you live in or near the following communities, and have views about food access for urban and rural low income communities, about the future of small, medium and family scale agriculture, or about what role the US government should take to address hunger, food insecurity and farm decline in the US, MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! For more information or to write comments, visit:
Schedule and location of sessions: Note that sessions focused on nutrition programs are those highlighted with an asterisk below. But bring your voices to the session near you whether you are concerned about the plight of the nation’s food system, agricultural sustainability, food security or farm viability.
October 18, Moultrie, GA (USDA Secretary Johanns)
* October 18, Detroit, MI (FNCS Under Secretary Kate Coler)
October 19, Greensboro, NC (Deputy Under Secretary Chuck Conner)
* October 19, Miami, FL (FNCS Under Secretary Eric Bost)
October 24, Greeley, CO (USDA Secretary Johanns)
October 25, Manchester, NH (Rural Development Under Secretary Tom Dorr)
* October 25, Portland, OR (FNCS Under Secretary Eric Bost)
October 26, South Burlington, VT (Rural Development Under Sec. Tom Dorr)
* October 28, Boston, MA (FNCS Under Secretary Eric Bost)
* November 2, Atlanta, GA (FNCS Under Secretary Eric Bost)
November 12, Kona HI (Under Secretary Dorr and Deputy Under Sec. Carlson)
November 16, New Brunswick, NJ (Rural Development Under Secretary Tom Dorr)
If you cannot speak at one of these forums, you may send your comments to the USDA by the following methods:
E-mail: Send comments to: FarmBill (at) usda.gov
Mail: Send comments to:
Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns
1400 Independence Avenue, SW.
Washington, DC 20250-3355.
Hand delivery or courier: Deliver comments to Room 116A at the above address.