It's make or break time for the 2012 Farm Bill, and Congressional leaders are playing year-end politics.
With the end of the federal fiscal year coming to a close, the upcoming elections are drawing attention away from unfinished Farm Bill work. A plan being advanced now -- a "Continuing Resolution" -- sounds like it would keep things the way they are. But in fact some very important programs would be seriously hurt.
What's on the table?
- Hands-on training and tools for beginning farmers and ranchers.
- Support for cutting-edge organic and sustainable research.
- New infrastructure - like 'food hubs' and innovative marketing tools - that helps farmers take advantage of ever-growing demand for local and regional food.
- The core farm bill conservation programs - Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) -
- ... and more!
These are the programs in the bill that give farmers and our allies in our communities the tools to grow and succeed, and to harness economic opportunities across the nation.
Unless Congress takes action, these programs will expire on September 30 and hundreds of millions of dollars for sustainable agriculture, economic development, and beginning farmer support will literally disappear.
We can't let this happen on our watch. Help us tell Congress this is unacceptable - take just 5 minutes to call your Representative and Senators today!
The message is simple: "Don't walk away from America's farmers and ranchers. Pass the 2012 Farm Bill and fully fund farm bill programs for beginning farmers, local food, organic agriculture, and rural jobs that expire on September 30 - programs that create jobs in rural communities, help farmers seize market opportunities, and invest in the next generation of farmers." Click here to get your Rep and Senators' contact information. Your message TODAY matters - thank you for taking action!