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Bills Could Grow New Roots for the Next Generation of CO Farmers

June 4, 2007

A pair of bills currently before Congress could give a big boost to beginning and family farmers in Colorado. Traci Bruckner with the Center for Rural Affairs says the bi-partisan "Rural America Preservation Act" will do away with unlimited government subsidies to huge corporate farms.

“What they do with those unlimited dollars is they essentially bid the small and mid-size family farmer off the land. With the effective payment limitations that this bill would establish, it will help level that playing field.”

The other bill is the "Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act." Bruckner believes it would mean a lot for the future of family farming.

“We really are at crossroads when you look at the beginning farmer numbers and whether or not we're being successful in generating a whole new generation. We think this is crucial.”

The number of farmers under the age of 35 has dropped by more than 75 percent over the last three decades. The bill includes funding for conservation programs, training and mentoring, and matched savings accounts to help with startup costs.

“Hopefully, that would help control the rental costs for beginning farmers and then also getting this beginning farmer package passed to help get that new generation out there.”

Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO