June 19th, 2012
Your action has gotten us this far – we can’t stop now! This is crunch time for the 2012 Farm Bill: the Senate will vote on farm bill amendments in a big VOTE-O-RAMA* today, including several that are make or break for beginning farmers, rural communities, and conservation.
Senators filed over 300 amendments to the bill, and only 25% made the cut for a vote. Your calls and emails proved that these issues matter: now it’s time to speak out once again.
Please call or email your Senators TODAY and ask them to vote for:
Brown #2445: ENSURE A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR BEGINNING FARMERS AND RURAL COMMUNITIES
- Senator Brown’s amendment #2445 will fund critical programs like the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Value-Added Producer Grants, and the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program – these programs create jobs and foster the next generation of farmers and ranchers!
Coburn-Durbin #2439: SPEAK OUT FOR REAL REFORM AND LIMIT SUBSIDIES
- Senators Coburn and Durbin’s amendment #2439 will place long-overdue limits on crop insurance subsidies – America’s largest farm subsidy – and build on the current reforms that cap commodity payments in the farm bill.
Chambliss #2438: PROTECT OUR PRICELESS NATURAL RESOURCES
- Senator Chambliss’s amendment #2438 (identical to the one filed by Senator Cardin earlier in the process from our previous alerts) on conservation compliance will protect our natural resources by reattaching important on-farm conservation requirements to crop insurance, as it was until 1996.
Every single call or email you make has an impact on how your Senators will vote in the next few hours. It takes just a moment – please contact them today!
Thank you for all that you do,
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Grassroots Team
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* A Vote-O-Rama is what it’s called when Congress debates and votes on a big list of amendments in a big hurry!