Grassroots organizers have a unique understanding of how our current Farm Bill affects communities on the ground who are often underrepresented in policy creation. This briefing will feature a panel of organizers and farmers from around the country who are working to address the challenges of our agricultural system at the grassroots level. They’ll speak on the need for a Farm Bill that serves people, not corporations, addresses climate change, and builds a more racially just food system.

Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than $70 million to support programs to help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture, and promote food from family farms. This virtual hearing builds on the “People’s Hearing,” held before Farm Aid’s 2023 festival.

Speakers include: – Eowyn Corral – Dakota Rural Action – Patty Lovera – Campaign for Family Farms and the Environment – Tim Gibbons – Missouri Rural Crisis Center – Berleen Wobeter – Farmer/Iowa CCI – Rosa Saavedra – Compañeras Campesinas – Rania Masri – NC Environmental Justice Network – Brandon Smith – Farmer/Federation of Southern Cooperatives – Denise Jamerson – Farmer/Legacy Taste of the Garden