Posted on 5th Jun 2012 @ 9:39 PM
Write your Senators
Make sure to express that you are a constituent concerned about the Farm Bill and you are urging for more funding to Section 2501 for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers. If you're stuck, you can use our template letter.
|Senator Barbara Boxer
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
|Senator Dianne Feinstein
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
or call to support Beginning Farmers!
Right now, the United States Senate is working on a farm bill update, and they forgot something.
The Senate Agriculture Committee’s version of the 2012 Farm Bill is up for debate by the full Senate this week.
But it looks like they forgot to include vital programs in the farm bill – like robust funding for rural development and beginning and socially disadvantaged farmer programs.
That’s right! Programs that boost jobs through rural entrepreneurship, invest in the future of American agriculture, and provide assistance to historically underserved farmers received little-to-no funding in Committee’s bill.
How could these important programs get left behind?
Fortunately, there is still a chance to ensure that these programs are not forgotten. Senators Brown (D-OH) and Nelson (D-NE), along with other interested Senators, are considering offering an amendment that restores funding to crucial rural development and beginning and socially disadvantaged farmer programs including:
Will you support their efforts to ensure the 2012 Farm Bill creates jobs in rural America and invests in the next generation of farmers?
Call your Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein TODAY or TOMORROW MORNING and ask for their support on the possible amendment that funds rural development and beginning and socially disadvantaged farmer programs:
Senator Boxer: 202-224-3553
Senator Feinstein: 202-224-3841
My name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I am calling about the farm bill. May I speak to your staffer who works on agriculture (if they are not available, you can leave a message).
Tell them: Please ensure that rural communities and the future of California agriculture are not left out of the farm bill. Senators Sherrod Brown and Ben Nelson are considering an amendment that funds important programs like Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program and local food programs – programs that create jobs and spur economic growth through food and farms. Please support California agriculture and our rural communities by voting in support of the Brown- Nelson amendment to the farm bill.
Your Senators need to hear that you want a farm bill with real reform and real improvements for our rural places and the future of farming.
Don’t delay – the Senate is about to start debate on the 2012 Farm Bill, so they need to hear from you TODAY or TOMORROW MORNING.