Letter to the Editor

Phillips backs small farms

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

To the Editor:

Small farms need a voice in Washington. Scott DesJarlais sits on the House Agriculture Committee which tried and failed to pass a version of the farm bill that would slash programs that help small and beginning farmers, as well as rural residents in our district.

When I called his office to ask about this and to urge him to support the Senate version of the farm bill (which does not cut grants to small and beginning farmers), I was told that the Farm Bureau does not back the Senate version. Well, I did not vote for the Farm Bureau! While they do some good, they also advocate for corporate agriculture, and own hundreds of for-profit insurance agencies.

I want a representative that listens to me and not to the lobbyists. Small farms and rural communities thrive together and we deserve politicians who understand that. I’m a farmer and I’m voting for Mariah Phillips for U.S. Congress.

Jessica Wilson


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