Kiss the Ground’s Regenerate America Coalition to present signatures to sway Congress during final Farm Bill negotiations

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Finian Makepeace
Finian Makepeace. Photo Credit: Nicole Granados

Kiss the Ground’s Regenerate America Coalition to present signatures to Sway Congress during final Farm Bill negotiations. #Powerjournalist Markos Papadatos has the scoop.

Finian Makepeace is the Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer of Kiss the Ground. He is a renowned presenter, media creator, and thought leader in the field of regenerative agriculture and soil health. He’s developed training programs, workshops, and talks designed to empower people around the world to become confident advocates for this growing movement. He also serves as co-producer of the award-winning documentary, “Kiss the Ground,” which is currently on Netflix.

Makepeace is also a co-producer of the documentary “Common Ground,” directed by Josh and Rebecca Tickell, currently in theaters across America starring Jason Momoa, Ian Somerhalder, Laura Dern, Woody Harrelson, Farmer Brown and Dr. Hyman.

On June 12th the Regenerate America Coalition, led by the Nonprofit Kiss the Ground, will deliver 30,000 signatures from the Petition for Regenerative Agriculture to Congressional members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees ahead of Final Farm Bill Negotiations. 

Additionally, they will be presenting a list of “What to keep, What to add, and What to amend” from the current drafts and language presented by the House and Senate Ag Committees. 

“We are heading to DC again because the Farm Bill is a massive spending bill that by and large continues the push for agriculture that destroys our nation’s soils, we have to keep reminding our representatives that it’s critical to do more to ensure support for farmers and ranchers in their transition to practices that rebuild our soils. It is essential for our nation’s resilience, farmer livelihood, water, and climate,” said Kiss the Ground’s Co-Founder Finian Makepeace.  

The Regenerate America™ Coalition represents a diverse, bipartisan movement of farmers, ranchers, NGOs, Farm Groups, and Businesses that are championing the advancement of regenerative agriculture in the Farm Bill.

Over half of US agriculture soil is severely degraded. The petition is a call from this diverse group that aims to ensure the Farm Bill does more to support farmers in adopting practices that help farmers rebuild their soil.  This is critical for farmer profits, resilience, water security, and sequestering carbon.

Petition Presenters Include:

·       Finian Makepeace – Co-Founder of Kiss the Ground

·       Kyle Apsey Apsey Farms MI RAFLC (Regenerate America’s Farmer Leadership Council). 

·       Jyoti Jankowski Save Soil 

·       Lara Bryant NRDC (The Natural Resources Defense Council)

Meetings are slated with:

·       Office of Chairwoman of Senate Agriculture Committee 

·       Office of Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee

·       Office of the Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee

·       Senator Cory Booker

·       Candidate for Virginia Governor, Rep. Abigail Spanberger

“We will be delivering the petition to each and sharing Regenerate America’s requests at this critical stage of the farm bill process,” said Finian. 

With all the momentum this past month, we are excited to share our coalition’s requests as well as our thanks for the support of soil health-related bills in the Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024. 

To learn more about Kiss the Ground, visit its official homepage.