The American Farm Bureau Federation is backing a recently introduced bill that would give a boost to growers in urban settings.
"Regardless of where or how America's farmers and ranchers produce food, giving them the technology and tools to succeed supports our nation's strength and security. The Urban Agricultural Act of 2016 would do that for farmers in urban settings. As an organization that supports farmers of all sizes, commodities and production systems, Farm Bureau believes this legislation will build a stronger bond among all farmers-rural, suburban and urban," AFBF President Zippy Duvall said in a statement.
In addition to the services and support the bill would provide to urban farmers, the legislation's research component is critical for exploring the risk management, food safety, environmental and economic factors that are key to success.
Thrilled that more Americans want to become involved in agriculture, Duvall noted that all beginning farmers need a hand, whether it is access to technical, marketing and educational materials, securing the capital investment to start new ag enterprises or navigating regulations that can kill innovation.
"Mentorship is a two-way street and we have much to teach and learn from each other. America's farmers lend a hand when needed; they unite around a common mission. This legislation seeds a dialogue of cooperation, whether roots sink into a rejuvenated lot in Detroit or the rolling hills of rural Georgia. Farm Bureau looks forward to being a partner in those efforts," Duvall said.