The current lack of access to local processing and markets for producers is preventing a huge opportunity to increase net farm or ranch profitability and keep more food dollars inside local economies. Investing in local and regional access to infrastructure, processing and markets will help regenerative producers make new products available and meet the increasing consumer demand for their products, while reducing foreign supply chain dependence and increasing domestic food supply. Increasing access will allow more farmers to integrate regeneratively managed livestock or specialty crops into their cropping systems (building soil health and reducing reliance on chemical inputs), while improving public health and providing local food security during times of crisis.
Summary of Policy Requests:
Relates to Farm Bill Titles: VI (Rural Development) and X (Horticulture)