Action Alerts

Action Alert: Where do we go from here?

February 1, 2013

This update was sent to supporters on February 1, 2013 – stay tuned for more details and opportunities to take action soon! We made major progress last year on the food and farm policy front.  While they weren’t perfect, draft versions of the 2012 Farm Bill in Congress included long-overdue reforms, investments in the future […]

Isn’t it time to get back to work?

November 15, 2012

Dear Supporter, No more elections.  No more endless campaign commercials, debates, and discussions. Finally, Congress is back on Capitol Hill – let’s hope they’re ready to get to work! What’s on the legislative agenda for the lame duck session?  Together, we can make sure the 2012 Farm Bill is on that list.  Because there’s too […]

One More Vote

November 8, 2012

Dear Supporter, Now that you’ve cast your ballot in the 2012 election, it’s time to vote once more – only this time, for a better food and farm system for our nation!  We’re delivering thousands of signatures to Capitol Hill next week – will yours be one of them? By signing your name to this […]

Stories from the Field: Boosting the Economy in Rural Nebraska

November 8, 2012

Due to Congressional inaction, the 2008 Farm Bill has expired without a new bill or extension to take its place.  In the absence of a farm bill, numerous innovative programs that invest in sustainable agriculture systems are shut down and left without funding.  This post is part of our 10-week blog series that features both […]

The scariest thing you’ll read all day

October 31, 2012

Dear Supporter, What’s scarier than a food system built on industrial mega-farms that’s rigged to favor corporations and processed junk over family farmers and healthy local food?  Not much. Last month, Congress left town just as the current farm bill expired, leaving critical farm programs high and dry with no funding – and dodging the […]

Make Food Day Matter

October 24, 2012

Today is Food Day — a nationwide celebration and a movement toward healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Today we join citizens from across the country in celebrating farmers who produce food sustainably, rural and urban communities that are rebuilding their food systems, and individuals who are working to improve the health of their families and […]

A Food Day they won’t forget.

October 24, 2012

Dear Supporter, Our message to Congress has been clear all year:  we need an equitable, sustainable farm bill, and we need it this year.   Unfortunately, either Congress didn’t hear us, or they just didn’t listen. Congress left town just as the current farm bill expired, and they didn’t bother to finish a new bill or […]

Action Alert: Not on our watch.

September 6, 2012

September:  it’s harvest time.  Corn, tomatoes, pumpkins, apples and more are all coming in from the fields… as well as, with any luck, a new 2012 Farm Bill! It’s been pretty quiet on the farm bill front here in Washington, DC lately – legislators have been at home all month, meeting with folks like you.  […]

Action Alert: A Dirty Trick

July 30, 2012

Dear Supporter, Across the nation, farmers’ livelihoods are withering in an intense, record-breaking drought.* Congress could be doing something about this right now – they could be passing the 2012 Farm Bill, which funds critical disaster assistance programs that are our farmers and ranchers’ safety net in times like these. But are they working to […]

What were they thinking?

July 11, 2012

Dear Supporter, Over $6 billion cut from conservation. A 50% cut to core beginning and socially disadvantaged farmer programs. Ballooning subsidy programs for the wealthiest farmers – with no real limits. What were they thinking?  The House Agriculture Committee released its draft 2012 Farm Bill late last week, and it has problems.  One major issue?  […]