National Small Farm & Ranch Grassroots Lobby Day & Reception

beagler1776(z6MD)February 19, 2010

National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association

18 February, 2010

A Local Foods Feast for Congress

Farm Food Voices DC 2010

NICFA's Fourth Annual

National Small Farm and Ranch Grassroots Lobby Day & Legislative Reception

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Lobbying 10:00 - 3:00 (Individuals meet with Legislative Aides)

Local Foods Reception 4:00 - 6:30 Room SD-106, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington DC

*** Joel Salatin, Emcee ***

Speakers:

Doreen Hannes - Truth Farmer Radio & NICFA Director of Research

David Gumpert- The Complete Patient Blog

Joan Veon - Women's Media Group

Spike Gjerde - Chef/Owner Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore

Congressman Ron Paul has been invited to speak.

The Food Safety bills in Congress threaten the viability of all local food production - the safest food available and our country's most important economic engine.

Be the face and voice of the local foods movement to Congress. Join NICFA, its state affiliates, and others from around the country to lobby Congress and serve the LOCAL FOODS FEAST OF THE YEAR, featuring food from small independent farmers prepared by local chefs. Let's again show Congress that local food is the best Safe Food System, highlighting the benefits available only from community based agriculture -- prosperous local and national economies; health and nutrition for people, land and animals; and low energy impact from minimal transportation, processing and distribution.

ACTION:

Please make an appointment now

to meet with your legislators' agricultural aides on March 10.

Steps:

1. Call your Representative and Senators

2. Ask to speak to the Agriculture Aide.

3. Tell the Aide you will be in Washington DC on March 10 for this grassroots lobby day and you would like to schedule a meeting.

4. Invite the Aide and the legislator to come to the reception and experience the beauty of local food. Any legislator who attends is welcome to speak. (Sample invitation will be posted on www.NICFA.org).

New to lobbying? Fret not. We will provide a lobby training conference call and Talking Points. Please check www.NICFA.org frequently for updates.

Yours for food freedom,

Deborah Stockton, Executive Director

National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (NICFA)

www.NICFA.org

nicfa@earthlink.net

Our purpose is to promote and preserve unregulated direct farmer-to-consumer trade that fosters availability of locally grown or home-produced food products..

NICFA opposes any government funded or managed National Animal Identification System.

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