June 12, 2012
5 years. That’s how often the farm bill comes around.
5 minutes. That’s all it takes to speak out for reform.
A lifetime. That’s the kind of impact you’ll have.
We can’t afford to subsidize the nation’s wealthiest farmers – and insurance companies – any longer. Now’s the time – amidst the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, the Senate is debating the 2012 Farm Bill, and decisions are being made that will impact farmers, the environment, and rural communities for years to come. If you can spare 5 minutes a day for the next 3 days, you will have an impact.
Over the next 3 days, you’ll hear from us once a day. Each day will feature an action YOU can take around the farm bill. Each will take no more than 5 minutes.
The 2012 Farm Bill needs to close loopholes and place caps on all subsidies (not just the least expensive), and ensure protection for America’s precious natural resources. Unfortunately, the current farm bill falls short – it caps and closes loopholes on smaller commodity subsidies while leaving larger crop insurance subsidies uncapped, untargeted, and without limits – is this real reform? And the bill fails to attach important conservation requirements to crop insurance for the protection of our nation’s water, land, and soil – is this real reform?
Senators Coburn (R-OK) and Durbin (D-IL) have introduced an amendment that for the first time limits crop insurance subsidies for the wealthiest farmers, and Senator Cardin (D-MD) has introduced an amendment that reattaches basic conservation requirements to crop insurance, as was the case until 1996.
Will you support the Senators’ efforts in making the 2012 Farm Bill a true reform bill?
Your Senators need to hear that you want a farm bill with real reform and real improvements for the future of farming. Don’t delay – the Senate is debating the 2012 Farm Bill this week, so they need to hear from you today.
Thank you for all that you do,
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Grassroots Team