YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Call your Senators and ASK THEM TO STOP Legislation against
Conservation and Small Towns
On Tuesday, June 28, please participate in the National Day of Action to speak out against the deep and disproportionate cuts to farm bill conservation and rural development programs in the House of Representative’s spending bill.
Now is the best time to tell your Senators that the federal budget shouldn't be balanced on the back of conservation and rural development programs just to avoid capping wasteful spending on mega farm subsidies.
It’s easy – just call (202) 224-3121 to be connected to your Senator (contact both of your senators) and tell them the Senate needs to protect conservation and rural development program spending. Tell them the House agriculture spending bill is unfair and reckless.
The agriculture appropriations bill that passed the House of Representatives would eliminate $1 out of every $5 of farm conservation funding, with deep cuts to the Conservation Stewardship Program, Environmental Quality Incentives Program, and Wetlands Reserve Program.
The deep cuts in this legislation combined with those over the last decade eliminate more than $1 out of every $3 for all rural development funding, in part by shutting down the Rural Microenterprise Assistance Program that funds loans, training and other assistance to small town businesses.
The Senate must stand up for our nation's farm stewards and rural communities!
The House made these cuts instead of making long needed, money saving reforms to commodity programs. It rejected proposals to impose a $250,000 per couple limit on mega farm subsidies and a second proposal to deny payments to couples already making more than $500,000 per year.
Pick up your phone on June 28, and let your Senators know where you stand!
For more information and to report your call, please contact Traci Bruckner, 402.687.2100 ext. 1016 or email TraciB@cfra.org
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