An Excellent Op Ed piece in the San Francisco Chronicle this week by Rebecca King, a young farmer from California, in support of federal funding for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Individual Development Account Program (BFRIDA).
San Francisco Chronicle Open Forum: Invest in a New Generation of Farmers (3/24/10)
"...Yes, we live in a time of extreme budgetary pressures. But no, we can't short-change the future of our children or the sustainability of our food system. It's a matter of reinvesting in the long-term viability of vibrant agricultural enterprises and farms that feed our nation.Congress: Invest in and grow the next generation of farmers like me and you won't be lost like Bo Peep. Instead we'll be eating cheese, meat and other locally raised, healthy food made with pride by America's farmers."
To read it in full, go to: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/opinionshop/detail?blogid=42&entry_id=59786