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Urban Agriculture Legislation

4/1/16

MN Urban Ag Bill Moves Forward, Calls Needed NOW to House Agriculture Finance Committee Members


Phone calls are needed to House Agriculture Finance Committee members on MONDAY. Do you know someone that lives in Worthington, Austin, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Faribault, Mankato, Rochester, Albert Lea, or Cloquet?

Please connect with them to make a call! THESE are areas represented by committee members that need phone calls from constituents, especially by MONDAY! 

We NEED to get some calls made in support of this legislation. You don't need to be an urban farmer to voice your support! Talk about how the bill addresses disparities and will create more local healthy food access! If you're shy, send an email! Please look at the list of committee members and make a phone call, particularly to YOUR representative! If you need more information, please read more about how the bill will affect you below!

We also want to pack the house for the hearing!
Hearing Information (RSVP to let us know you can come!)
Tuesday April 5th, 10:15am
Rm. 5 in the State Office Building

The proposed Urban Agriculture Bill, which reserves funds grants to urban agriculture initiatives (with funds reserved for projects that focus on Communities of Color and Native American Tribal communities) is being presented before the House Agricultural Finance Committee.
We need lots of community support to get this bill passed!

HF 3324: URBAN AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT PILOT PROGRAM  (Senate Companion SF3310)

Under the proposed bill, $20,000,000 of state money would fund a new grant initiative that supports urban agriculture in the state of Minnesota. Representative Karen Clark, from Minneapolis, met with community members over the past few months to develop the skeleton of the bill. Representatives Jim Davine, Diane Loeffler, Rod Hamilton, Paul Anderson, and others have added their expertise.

Details of the Bill
Under the bill, persons, organizations, cities, or Native American Tribes who apply for grants would be awarded based on commitments that involve creating living-wage jobs, involving youth, reducing waste, and promoting racial equity, among many others. Half of the funds would be reserved to “serve, engage, and benefit” communities of color and Native American tribal communities.

How will this affect me?
If passed, this bill would allow you, non-profit organizations, cooperatives, your city, or other members of your community to apply for grants that would help build or support a farm within your city limits. This bill might lead to more farmers markets, or fresh foods at corner stores. It might help you or your neighbors eat healthy, locally grown, fresh produce, and might even lead to reduced crime, higher employment, and healthier families. Urban farming won’t solve every problem, but it certainly would make for happier, healthier communities.

Find Your Elected Officials!
http://hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/5950/getLocal.jsp

How to Contact Legislators
http://hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/5950/getLocal.jsp
SEE A DRAFT OF THE BILL'S LANGUAGE HERE

House Agriculture Finance Committee Representatives