Discussions for Fiscal Year 2014 Have Started and We Need Your Help!

With the funding for Fiscal Year 2013 set, discussions are beginning around the 2014 budget.  In these discussions several programs important to sustainable agriculture are in danger of losing significant funding, if not being cut altogether.  We have highlighted the three main programs that members of Congress in the South have the power to change.

Starting on Monday April 8th through Wednesday April 10th we are asking that you call the below Representatives and Senators if you are in their district or State.  Please click here to find your member of Congress.   Also please feel free to use the same information to send out alerts to your organization’s members or to anyone who will benefit from this effort.  We thank you for your time and participation in this important effort. If you have any questions please contact Gabraelle Lane.

What's At Stake:

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)—this program ensures funding to protect cleaner waterways, habitats for wildlife and farms that are sustainable over the long term.  We are asking that Congress not limit the mandatory funding for this important farm bill conservation program.  Congressional Members to contact:



Grain, Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA)—this program defends family farmer and ranchers against rules that prevent fairness in the marketplace and that short-circuit safety measures on GMO crops. We are asking that they please oppose any legislation that would limit, through the appropriations process, USDA’s implementation of the important GIPSA fair competition rule or undermine judicial review of genetically modified crops.  Representative to contact: Representative Sandford Bishop of Georgia (Democrat, District 02)

Value-Added Producer Grants Program (VAPG)—this program protects funding that turns ideas in to viable businesses.  The grant program helps farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs develop and grow their business through support for improved marketing, processing and infrastructure. We are asking that VAPG programs are funded at 30 million for fiscal year 2014. Senator to contact: Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas