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Breathtaking in its Recklessness

May 25, 2011


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If passed this bill will endanger our nation’s supply of clean water, increase the already alarming levels of soil erosion, and sell our farmers out to multinational meat and poultry conglomerates … to name just a few.

ACT NOW

Tell the Senate to Reject this Reckless Bill

Yesterday afternoon, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee adopted a government funding bill that if passed would turn back decades of progress to achieve a more sustainable and just food and farming system

This 2012 bill makes a second round of steep cuts to conservation, extension, research, renewable energy, and rural development programs.   And just like in fiscal year 2011, none of the cuts are directed at crop subsidies, the largest federal agricultural spending item.  The bill takes a total of $2.7 billion (13.4%) out of the food and agriculture budget including:

•    Farm bill conservation funding would be cut by nearly $1 billion.  The bill would even force USDA to break contracts it has already signed with farmers enrolled in the Conservation Stewardship Program!

•    Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE) funding would be cut by $3 million.  The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) would be cut by $40 million.

•    Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program would be cut by $6.4 million.  Rural Micro-lending program would be completely eliminated.

•    The Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) and the Biomass Crop Assistance (BCAP) would both be completely eliminated

•    Doing the bidding of multinational meat and poultry conglomerates, the bill forbids USDA from using any funds to write or publish the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule to make livestock and poultry markets fairer and more competitive, a rule Congress in directed USDA to write as part of the 2008 Farm Bill.

Call Your Senators.

•    Tell them to reject the House Agricultural Appropriations Bill.

•    Tell them to support full funding for farm bill conservation programs, to reject jobs and growth-killing cuts to research, energy and rural development programs, and to stand up for farmers by protecting the GIPSA rule from meat packer interference.

It’s easy to call:

Go to Congress.org and type in your zip code.  Click on your Senator’s name, and then on the contact tab for their DC phone number.  You can also call the Capitol Switchboard and ask to be directly connected to your Senator’s office: 202-224-3121.

To learn more, go to our blog, House FY 2012 Appropriations Bill Would Slash Conservation, Rural Development and Research Programs.

Your Calls Make A Difference, Thank You!


Categories: Action Alerts, General Interest


6 Responses to “Breathtaking in its Recklessness”

  1. Marianne Marks says:

    Dear Senator,
    I urge you to reject the House Agricultural Appropriations Bill.

    Please support the full funding for farm bill conservation programs, and reject jobs and growth-killing cuts to research, energy and rural development programs, and stand up for farmers by protecting the GIPSA rule from meat packer interference.

  2. [...] The real remedy lies in a return to conservation land use planning and practices in the uplands, something the industrial agricultural complex is dead set against. Earlier this week, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee adopted a government funding bill that, if passed, would cut conservation funding by some $1 billion and scuttle the existing Conservation Stewardship …. [...]

  3. Kari Bohnstead says:

    The research & studies show that if these programs in agriculture are of SIGNIFICANT value to the well being of our future…we would regain the health of our selves & our planet. These programs will THRIVE on their own, once set into place. It will enhance everyone’s lives.
    The projections of these projects is every reason to keep it going! It is a crime to cut out something that is so benifitial to the people.
    Creating jobs, taking care of hunger, getting rid of poverty, eating healthy fresh food regulary,locally grown, will set child hood obesite, diabetes, etc, back on track, which will help with the health care crisis. It will began solving many of this nations debts.
    Something is seriously wrong when you take away what is obviously going to help right all the wrong.
    Projections of these projects easily show the benifits of continuing.

  4. [...] 5. Take a stand against budget cuts to important ag programs. [...]

  5. Frances C Ibarley says:

    Do NOT pass this bill. If passed this bill will endanger our nation’s supply of clean water, increase the already alarming levels of soil erosion, and sell our farmers out to multinational meat and poultry conglomerates … to name just a few. It does not encourage sustinable farming!

  6. Marjorie Vance says:

    Please know that the conglomerate farm is not the answer to the future generations or to this present generation. What will we have left if these factory farms pollute our water and air? Please read the truth about these issues. Look up CAFOS and read about them. Do not pass this bill.

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