Thursday, August 6, 2009

WNC Growers Testify: The Future of Specialty Crops For Small Family Farmers

I am extremely proud to share the following post with you.

Three WNC growers testified before Congress on July 30 about the 2008 Farm Bill regarding the Specialty Crops Program. Each grower expressed the need to protect small, family farms. They voiced their opinions on the strengths and weaknesses of the current Farm Bill, as well as other government programs. The growers, which represent vegetable and fruit growers in WNC, discussed food safety, crop insurance, the importance of research and the challenges of being a small farmer. Each grower represented WNC and small farms very well!

Read the Hendersonville Times-News article: Area Farmer Headed to Congress.

I have posted each growers' testimony below (Thanks to YouTube) for you to view.

I would like to thank each of these gentlemen for their eloquent words and for representing the farmers of WNC. I would also like to thank Congressman Heath Shuler, who represents the 11th District of NC and acts as the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade.

This is a very important topic for growers in WNC and it is exciting to see our fellow growers voicing their opinions in Washington!

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