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Academy Members Take Initiative to Advocate for a Comprehensive Farm Bill

Thanks to all Academy members who have taken the initiative to connect with their members of Congress while they are in their home districts during the August recess. As Congress continues to decide whether to cut $40 billion in vital nutrition programs from the Farm Bill, Academy members are using a variety of ways to reach influential policy makers and improve the health of Americans through enhanced nutrition policy.

Getting the attention of high-powered influencers and affecting policy makers sometimes requires unconventional approaches. Here are examples of Academy leaders who are paving the way for nutrition policy in the Farm Bill:

  • Karen Ehrens, RD, LRD, chair of the Academy's Legislative and Public Policy Committee, stood up for hungry citizens when she submitted a passionate op-ed article to her local media. It was published in two North Dakota newspapers that are read by her members of Congress.
  • Patty Keane, MS, RD, LD, former public policy chair from New Mexico, attended a town hall and thanked the House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) for supporting two Farm Bill nutrition programs: SNAP and SNAP-Ed. Keane also spoke to Rep. Michelle Lujan-Grisham (N.M.) about the importance of using SNAP benefits at farmers markets.
  • Carol Gilmore, RD, LD, FADA, a member of the House of Delegates representing Kansas, highlighted the connection between agriculture and nutrition in the Farm Bill at a recent Douglas County Food Policy Council meeting. One of the attendees offered to take what he learned directly to Senator Pat Roberts (Kan.), an appointed Farm Bill conferee who will be deciding the fate of this legislation.

Speaking at town hall meetings, contributing to your local news media, volunteering for local food councils and holding face-to-face meetings are effective ways to be heard. Congratulations to these members and thank you to all other members who have worked so hard over the past few weeks to get the message out about the importance of nutrition programs in the Farm Bill.

If you have the advocacy bug, email your Public Policy Coordinator, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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