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Haaland introduces Farmer’s Bill of Rights

Rep. Deb Haaland

U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland

U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., introduced a Farmer’s Bill of Rights resolution Thursday that seeks to protect the rights of independent farmers, ranchers and traditional agricultural communities.

“Family farmers are largely responsible for sustainable practices and uplifting rural communities, but the decks are stacked against them because large corporate farms are sucking up all the resources and blocking them from prosperity,” Haaland said during a news conference.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., is the sponsor of the measure in the Senate.

The resolution addresses issues such as transparency in labeling of farm products, fair and open markets, land control, property rights, and protection of tribal lands and sovereignty.

Haaland met with small-farm owners and people in land grant communities in the 1st Congressional District. They talked about the challenges they face accessing the market, sustainable farming, traditional land use and the needs of their communities, her office said.