It’s time to get it right.
We have the power to make the Farm Bill better – call your Senators today!
Take just five minutes today – that’s right, just five! – for a better future for our nation’s food and farmers. The U.S. Senate is debating amendments to the Farm Bill this week. It’s a complicated and bureaucratic process, and predictably, all of the lobbyists for Monsanto and big agribusiness are out in full force.
But there is one simple action you can take today, that will have a big impact.
Call your Senator’s office and ask them to support key amendments that will make long overdue subsidy reforms and invest in local food and family farmers.
Step 1: Dial the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected with your Senators. Find your Senator’s name and number here.
Step 2: Urge Support for the Following Amendments
“Hello, my name is ___ and I’m a constituent and a voter. I would like to leave a message for Senator ___’s agriculture staffer. Can you take a message for me, please? The message is: I urge the Senator to support the following amendments to the 2013 farm bill that is being debated this week.
1) Shaheen-Toomey payment limit amendment #926 that would place long-overdue limits of $50,000 on crop insurance premium subsidies for America’s wealthiest large-scale farmers.
2) Coburn-Durbin amendment #953 that would reduce crop insurance premium subsidies for farmers with incomes over $750,000/year.
3) Senator Brown’s local food and market development amendment #1088 that will increase funding for programs that help farmers grow more food for local markets and help communities develop food businesses and increase access to local, healthy and organic food.
4) Leahy-Cowan-Collins EQIP Organic Initiative Payment Limit Elimination amendment #1093 that provides organic and transitioning farmers greater access to a key conservation program that helps protect our air, soil, and water resources.
Please call your senator’s office TODAY.
Step 3: And there’s one more simple thing you can do. Senator Barbara Boxer has introduced an amendment to the 2013 farm bill that would for the first time ever demonstrate Senate support for labeling of foods with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients. Send a message by clicking here telling your Senators that you stand with Senator Boxer’s amendment and you hope they will too.
Step 4: Help us spread the word – by sharing this link with your friends.
Thank you for doing your part to make the Farm Bill better!