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Action Alert – Congress – don’t play politics with disaster aid.

September 12, 2012

Dear Supporter,

In the face of the most disastrous, widespread drought in a generation, what’s the worst possible thing Congress could do?

Play politics with disaster aid?  It’s happening.
Cut conservation programs – the very ones that help farmers protect themselves from the worst ravages of drought?  It’s about to happen.

Help us tell Congress this is unacceptable – call your Representative and Senators today!

In times like these, when more than 65% of our nation’s farms – representing almost 80% of our nation’s farmland!* – are in the midst of a withering drought, farmers and ranchers depend upon conservation tools to help them deal with extreme conditions.

The core farm bill conservation programs – Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) – work together to help farmers conserve water, protect and rebuild soil, and provide clean water and wildlife habitat.  They’re a smart, long-term investment in the future of our agricultural lands – and our nation’s food supply.

This week, it’s make or break time for the 2012 Farm Bill.  Congress is negotiating the future of the farm bill – and conservation programs are a major part it.

Help us tell Congress:  We need healthy soil, air, and water – finish a farm bill now that funds conservation!  And don’t pay for disaster aid by cutting conservation!

Your message TODAY matters – thank you for taking action!

Thanks for all you do,

Sarah and Shavaun, the NSAC Grassroots Team

P.S.  When you call – tell us how it went!

P.P.S.  Here’s the scene from Capitol Hill today, where farmers and ranchers from around the country rallied for a farm bill now!  It’s critical that any farm bill – or extension – fully fund conservation programs!

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