DearColleague.us

Letter

From: The Honorable Michael T. McCaul
Sent By: brandon.batch@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.R. 3255
Date: 7/30/2015

Dear Colleague,
Please join me in supporting the next generation of American farmers by cosponsoring H.R. 3255, the Student Agriculture Protection Act (SAPA).
Millions of students in every state across the country participate in agricultural education programs such as Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H. These programs are critical to developing leadership qualities, personal growth, and future success in our youth through agricultural education. Kids who participate in these programs are more likely to make contributions to their communities, be civically active, as well as participate in science, engineering and computer technology programs.
Participants in programs such as FFA and 4-H are able to develop a better understanding of agriculture and farming technique by competing at livestock shows and fairs at the county, district, and state levels in areas such as agriculture mechanics, horticulture, landscape design, crops, and many others, which may result in prize money earnings. Rather than forcing student farmers who take home earnings to file tax returns with the IRS, SAPA would help cultivate future generations of American farmers by allowing members of these organizations to forgo tax filing and keep more of their hard earned money made from the sale of livestock or special projects at these competitions.
Student farmers often use proceeds from these sales to invest in their next project or save for their college education. That is why SAPA would exempt from taxation the first $5,000 in proceeds students earn on the sale of livestock or other agricultural projects, allowing them to invest more of their money for college-related expenses or future projects while simultaneously eliminating the burdensome tax filing process for many of these kids. Moreover, SAPA would help ensure the U.S. remains outfitted with the innovative minds that have allowed us to be the world leader in agriculture.
Please join me in removing a federal obstacle to college saving and agricultural education by cosponsor H.R. 3255, the Student Agriculture Protection Act. If you have questions or would like to cosponsor this bill please contact brandon.batch@mail.house.gov.
Sincerely,
Michael McCaul
Member of Congress