FCS Diversity and Inclusion - PROPOSED RULE - MARCH 2011
Dear Mr. Van Meter,
I value local family farmers for many reasons. They support the local economy, they provide food with lower food miles, their products are available through shorter supply chains, they are responsive to their community and our values. I appreciate this opportunity to comment on how the FCS can better serve these important players in my community and economy, the small and middle sized local farmers. It is important that we invest, no less than 10% of each institution's capital in local/regional food producers. A transparent outreach plan that publishes findings publicly to support the extension of credit, the expansion of the FCS board and business support products is critical. I look forward to a Farm Credit System that invests in small local and regional food producers.