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20,000 Citizens and 60 Organizations Call for a Sustainable, Equitable 2012 Farm Bill

November 15, 2012


“It’s time for an equitable, sustainable 2012 Farm Bill – NOW!” – this week, we learned that over 20,000 people across the country agree!

Farmers, advocates, and 60 organizations from across the country joined forces this week to deliver a petition to Congress demanding a full, five-year 2012 Farm Bill that:  invests in the future of healthy farms, food, and people; protects our precious air, soil, and water; and makes real reform to farm subsidies and levels the playing field for family farmers.

Today, November 15, those same partners are collaborating on a national day of action to drive the message home with thousands of calls from farmers and advocates across the country.

It’s not too late to join the Day of Action – make a call today, and make a difference!

The full text of the petition delivered yesterday:

Dear Congress,

For the sake of our nation’s health, our farmers, and our natural resources, we need you to do your job.  We need a better farm bill, and we need it this year!

An equitable, sustainable, 21st century farm bill must:

INVEST IN THE FUTURE OF HEALTHY FARMS, FOOD & PEOPLE

  • Harness the economic power of local and organic food and small businesses to strengthen rural and urban communities and create jobs
  • Grow the next generation of American farmers by providing the tools, training, and access to capital that beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers need to succeed
  • Ensure access to fresh, healthy food for all – including those in need and in our schools

PROTECT OUR PRECIOUS AIR, SOIL & WATER

  • Reward farmers for their environmental stewardship by fully funding farm conservation programs
  • Do not raid long-term conservation efforts to pay for short-term disaster fixes
  • Link federal crop insurance support to conservation of wetlands and fragile soils

REFORM FARM SUBSIDIES & LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD

  • Eliminate wasteful direct payments
  • Target support to working farm families by closing loopholes that benefit mega-farms and millionaire investors
  • Cap farm and crop insurance subsidies to improve fiscal responsibility

Signed,

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, 60 partner organizations, and over 20,000 citizens.

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