From: The Honorable Michael T. McCaul
Sent By:
cameron.poursoltan@mail.house.gov

Bill: H.R. 1626
Date: 4/7/2017

Support Student Farmers in Your District

Cosponsor H.R. 1626, the Student Agriculture Protection Act

Supported by the American Farm Bureau, National Farmers Union, National FFA Organization, the National Young Farmers Coalition and the National 4-H Council

Current co-sponsors: Mike Conaway, Ted Yoho, Steve King, Ralph Abraham, David Rouzer, Doug LaMalfa, Bob Gibbs, Rick Allen, Austin Scott, Dr. Phil Roe, Brian Babin, Will Hurd, Jodey C. Arrington, Ted Poe, Randy K. Weber, David Young, Stevan Pearce,
Tim Walberg, Darrell Issa, Bruce Westerman, Pete Olson, Robert Aderholt, David Kustoff, Darren Soto, Collin Peterson, Henry Cuellar, Jamie Raskin, Chellie Pingree, Tom O’Halleran, Richard M. Nolan, Betty McCollum, Sanford D. Bishop , Jr.

Dear Colleague:

According to the latest agricultural census, the average farmer is 58 years old, and it is trending upward. With the growing need for farmers, we must encourage America’s young farmers to remain in the farming business.

Each year, millions of student farmers participate in agricultural programs such as Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H, both national organizations with a large presence in every state in the United States. To help incentivize our future agricultural
workforce remain in these educational programs, I introduced H.R. 1626. Simply put, this bill excludes from taxable income the first $5000 made from the sale of agricultural projects at livestock shows, auctions, and other qualified events, which would accomplish
two things.

  1. Provide clarity by eliminating the burdensome tax filing process for millions of individuals participating in these programs up to the qualified amount.
  2. Allow more student farmers to save for the following year’s project or their college education.

However, this bill would also go far in encouraging more young farmers to stay on the farm to help address the glaring age disparity currently threatening our nation’s food supply.

Instead of forcing student farmers to navigate the complicated tax filing process, the government should help cultivate the next generation of farmers by eliminating burdensome barriers to success to ensure the U.S. remains outfitted with the innovative
minds that have allowed us to be the world leader in agricultural technology.

Please join me in removing a federal obstacle to our future farmers by cosponsoring H.R. 1626, the Student Agriculture Protection Act of 2017. To do so, please contact Cameron Poursoltan at
cameron.poursoltan@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-2401.

Sincerely,

Michael T. McCaul

Member of Congress