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Local Food Bill—Learn More

photo by Cheryl Walsh Bellville

The Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act

sponsored by Representative Chellie Pingree and Senator Sherrod Brown

The Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act will improve federal farm bill programs that support local and regional farm and food systems.  This legislation will help farmers and ranchers engaged in local and regional agriculture by addressing production, aggregation, processing, marketing, and distribution needs and will also assist consumers by improving access to healthy food and direct and retail markets.  And of utmost importance, this legislation will provide more secure funding for critically important programs that support family farms, expand new farming opportunities, and invest in the local agriculture economy.

The Benefits of Local and Regional Food Systems

Local and regional agriculture is a major economic driver in the farm economy.  There are now more than 7,000 farmers markets throughout the United States—a 150 percent increase since 2000, direct to consumer sales have accounted for more than $1.2 billion in annual revenues.  Now, on the heels of that expansion, we are witnessing the rapid growth of local and regional food markets that have scaled up beyond direct marketing.  Together these markets represent important new job growth and economic development.

To learn more about the provisions in the bill, visit the bill summary page.

To view press coverage of the bill, visit the press page.

To view the list of House and Senate Co-Sponsors of the bill, visit the Co-Sponsors page.

To view an up to date list of organizations that endorse the bill, visit the Organizational support page.

Download the Senate version of the bill (S. 1773) or the House version of the bill (H.R. 3286).

To learn more about our how you can get involved in supporting The Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act, visit our “Take Action” page.

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