It's time for a better farm bill. Now.



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  • Today, let's make sure Congress gets to work!

    Take just five minutes today – that’s right, just five! – for a National Day of Action for a better farm bill. Yesterday, we handed Congress over 20,000 signatures from farmers and advocates across the country demanding an equitable, sustainable 2012 Farm Bill. Today, we’ll make sure they hear the message loud and clear! While you’re on your lunch break, out in the field, on your way to a meeting, or headed to class, join us in making a unified statement to Congress: Get a farm bill done, and get it done right!

    Will you join us?

    Step 1: Dial the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your Representative.
    Step 2: Share a message like one of the three below with the person who answers the phone.
    Step 3: Help us spread the word - and then give yourself a hand! You're done!

    Suggested messages to share with your Representative:

    Hello, my name is _____. I’m a constituent and a voter (and tell ‘em if you’re a farmer!).

    I’m calling to ask Representative ______ to help get the 2012 Farm Bill finished, and to ensure that the 2012 Farm Bill invests in healthy farms, food, and people. We need a farm bill that funds programs for beginning farmers, supports local and regional food systems, and ensures access to fresh, healthy food for all.

    Thank you!

    Hello, my name is _____. I’m a constituent and a voter (and tell ‘em if you’re a farmer!).

    I’m calling to ask Representative ______ to help get the 2012 Farm Bill finished, and to ensure that the 2012 Farm Bill protects our natural resources for the next generation of farmers. We need a farm bill that rewards farmers for their environmental stewardship, links federal crop insurance to conservation practices, and protects conservation funding instead of using it to pay for short-term disaster fixes.

    Thank you!

    Hello, my name is _____. I’m a constituent and a voter (and tell ‘em if you’re a farmer!).

    I’m calling to ask Representative ______ to help get the 2012 Farm Bill finished, and to ensure that the 2012 Farm Bill levels the playing field for America’s family farmers. We need a farm bill that eliminates wasteful direct payments, closes unfair loopholes, and caps farm and crop insurance subsidies to improve fiscal responsibility. Thank you!

    Thank you!



    What should the 2012 Farm Bill look like, anyway?


    It should INVEST IN THE FUTURE OF HEALTHY FARMS, FOOD & PEOPLE

    • Harness the economic power of local and organic food and small businesses to strengthen rural and urban communities and create jobs
    • Grow the next generation of American farmers by providing the tools, training, and access to capital that beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers need to succeed
    • Ensure access to fresh, healthy food for all – including those in need and in our schools

    It should PROTECT OUR PRECIOUS AIR, SOIL & WATER

    • Reward farmers for their environmental stewardship by fully funding farm conservation programs
    • Do not raid long-term conservation efforts to pay for short-term disaster fixes
    • Link federal crop insurance support to conservation of wetlands and fragile soils

    It should REFORM FARM SUBSIDIES & LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD

    • Eliminate wasteful direct payments
    • Target support to working farm families by closing loopholes that benefit mega-farms and millionaire investors
    • Cap farm and crop insurance subsidies to improve fiscal responsibility


    Making change takes all of us. Help us spread the word:


    This effort is being led by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

    In partnership with:

    • California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF)
    • California Climate and Agriculture Network
    • California FarmLink
    • Carolina Farm Stewardship Alliance
    • C.A.S.A del Llano
    • Center for Science in the Public Interest (Food Day)
    • Center for Social Inclusion
    • Center for Rural Affairs
    • Community Alliance with Family Farmers
    • Community Food and Justice Coalition
    • Dakota Rural Action
    • Ecological Farming Association
    • Fair Food Network
    • Farm Aid
    • Farmers Market Coalition
    • Fay-Penn Economic Development Council
    • Florida Organic Growers
    • Friends of Family Farmers
    • Georgia Organics
    • GreenBEAN Delivery
    • Green for All
    • Hmong National Development, Inc. 
    • Illinois Stewardship Alliance
    • Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative
    • Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
    • Just Food
    • Kansas Rural Center
    • Land Stewardship Project
    • Live Real
    • Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
    • Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES)
    • National Catholic Rural Life Conference
    • National Center for Appropriate Technology
    • National Farm to School Network
    • National Organic Coalition
    • National Young Farmers Coalition
    • Northeast Organic Farming Association - Interstate Council
    • Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG)
    • Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society
    • Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides
    • Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
    • Organic Farming Research Foundation
    • Organic Valley
    • Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
    • Pesticide Action Network North America
    • Roots of Change
    • Real Food Challenge
    • Slow Food USA
    • Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
    • Stonyfield Farm, Inc
    • Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota
    • Tilth Producers of Washington
    • Union of Concerned Scientists Food and Environment Program
    • Virginia Association for Biological Farming
    • Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network
    • Western Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
    • Wholesome Wave
    • Wild Farm Alliance

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