Please call now for a fair Farm Bill!
June 5, 2013
Thanks to all of you Sustainable Agriculture Supporters, we have already made headway in making a more just Farm Bill!
Now we need to make sure that the Farm Bill supports beginning farmers and historically underserved farmers. Can you make a call today?
Here’s the contact info for Wisconsin’s two Senators:
Senator Tammy Baldwin – (202) 224-5653
Senator Ron Johnson – (202) 224-5323
Calling is easy – just dial the numbers above and leave a message like this one below with the person who answers the phone:
“Hello, my name is ___ and I’m a constituent and a voter. I would like to leave a message for Senator ___’s agriculture staffer. I urge the Senator to support the Casey-Harkin-Johanns Amendment Number 986 and the Udall Amendment 1055 in the 2013 Farm Bill floor debate. These amendments are critical to investing in our next generation of farmers. Thank you.”
Here are the details on the amendments:
Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Mike Johanns (R-NE) introduced amendment #986 that will help farmers better access their #1 biggest need – financial capital to launch and sustain their farm businesses. It authorizes a microloan program tailored for the needs of beginning and military veteran farmers and ranchers. And Senator Tom Udall’s (D-NM) amendment #1055 restores funding to a historic program – the Outreach and Technical Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers Program (also known as Section 2501) – that assists African-American, American-Indian, Asian-American, Latino and other historically-underserved farmers and ranchers.
Check out the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s Take Action page for a list of amendments that haven’t been voted on yet and follow – and help influence – their progress as well.
And thank you!
P.S. When you call, tell NSAC how it went!
P.P.S. Need a little refresher on the sometimes-confusing Farm Bill process? Check out NSAC’s handy infographic!