Pledging
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  • SMALL FARMS
  • LOCAL FARMS
  • DAIRY FARMS
Winning Issue » SMALL FARMS


There are currently about 2 million farms in our country. Less than 1 in 4 of these farms produce gross revenues in excess of $50,000. About 87% of all farms are owned and operated by individuals and families, while 8% are partnerships, and 4% are corporate farms. The term “family farm” does not necessarily equate with a small farm, nor does a “corporate farm” necessarily mean a large-scale operation owned and operated by a multinational corporation. Many of our country's largest agricultural enterprises are family owned. Small farms are considered those with annual sales less than $250,000. Despite the predominance of these small farms, there is strong evidence of a trend toward concentration in our nation’s agricultural production. In 2007, fewer than 190,000 farms accounted for 63% of all agricultural product sales. Our most recent census showed a 4% increase in new farms, the first such increase since 1920. Most of this increase is attributed to young, educated Americans entering the farming occupation.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.1805 - Family Farm Relief Act of 2015



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current small farm policy, and wish to defeat H.R.1805 - Family Farm Relief Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support reducing the number of operating years required for a beginning farmer or rancher to qualify for a direct real estate loan; extending conservation loan and loan guarantee authority and reserving specified amounts for beginning farmers and ranchers; extending the beginning farmer and rancher individual development accounts pilot program; authorizing micro loans for beginning farmers or ranchers; making the direct operating loan set-aside for beginning farmers and ranchers permanent, and wish to either reintroduce S.837 or H.R.1727 - Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committee of Rep. Timothy J. Walz (MN) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support establishing a process for receiving H-2A nonimmigrant visas (temporary agricultural workers) which shall ensure that that petitioners may file such petitions over the Internet or in paper form; to include year-round livestock workers, including dairy workers, in the H-2A category with a maximum three-year period of admissions which may be renewed three months after the end of each such period, and wish to pass H.R.1805 - Family Farm Relief Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC) and/or Rep. Christopher Gibson (NY), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support reducing the number of operating years required for a beginning farmer or rancher to qualify for a direct real estate loan; extending conservation loan and loan guarantee authority and reserving specified amounts for beginning farmers and ranchers; extending the beginning farmer and rancher individual development accounts pilot program; authorizing micro loans for beginning farmers or ranchers; making the direct operating loan set-aside for beginning farmers and ranchers permanent, and wish to either reintroduce S.837 or H.R.1727 - Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committee of Rep. Timothy J. Walz (MN) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
February 20, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
March 4, 2020
Trustee Election - Begins
February 27, 2020


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