Farmers, ranchers and small scale food growers are being left out of relief packages. We need to come together to demand #FarmRanchHelp because Indian Country #CARES4Ag.
The Intertribal Agriculture Council in collaboration with the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative and the Native Farm Bill Coalition recently initiated a call to action to support producers as they cope with the economic impacts of COVID-19. This initiative aims to help all (Native and non-Native) ranchers, farmers, and small-scale food growers by lowering ag loan payments for 2020 and 2021, reducing interest rates for ag borrowers, and preventing bankruptcy and improving refinance options.
A large corpus of organizations- including AERO, other institutions, and individuals are backing this action that will be sent to USDA Secretary, Sonny Perdue. A very simple process has been established – all supporters have to do is follow the link and select the option that applies to them – organization, individual, consumer, etc. A script is also available for those who are willing to call their House Representative and/or Senator to express their concerns.
You can read more of the IAC call to action and the tools for providing support through the link below.