Local farms talk with US Representative about US Food Bill

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Central Point, Ore. — Nearly 20 local farmers and agricultural organizations gathered Monday afternoon to meet with US Representative Earl Blumenauer.

The meeting is one of many hosted by the representative to talk about the “US Farm Bill”.

Oregon farmers say the bill short changes them, it costs too much, and there isn’t enough support for environmental protections.

The idea behind the meetings is to get feedback on a vision for a new farm bill.

Representative Blumenauer says much of what was brought up Monday, is echoed across the state.

“People really want new farmers get into the business. They want to help existing farmers and ranchers reach their obligations. They want help with research. Being able to get healthy foods into the schools, there are many common interests that are strong,” Representative Blumenauer said.

The representative said he understands farmers frustrations, but is proud of how hard they are working in the Rogue Valley. He also mentioned how successful many of them are under tough conditions.

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