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Take Action For The 2018 Farm Bill

Keep Conservation Strong in the Final 2018 Farm Bill

The Senate and House have both passed their versions of the Farm Bill, now they have to come together and reconcile the differences for a final bill. It is going to be a lot of work because the two couldn't be anymore different. 

This is our opportunity to ensure conservation programs survive and thrive in the upcoming Farm Bill. In the House version, the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) was eliminated. CSP not only offers farmers and ranchers financial incentives to establish whole farm conservation efforts, but also provides a myriad of significant, complementary benefits to the environment.

We need to beef up this program, not eliminate it.

Check out our special issue brief that outlines how some farmers who use CSP benefit from this important program. 

Then call your members of Congress and urge them to fund CSP and keep it going strong! 

Call the Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121, ask to be connected to your Representative/Senator's office.

Ask to speak with the staffer who works on agriculture or leave a message with whoever answers the phone. Use these talking points:

  • I’m calling as a constituent and as a representative from x business/organization (describe size of farm or business, annual sales, or # of members if appropriate). 
  • I am calling to urge Senator XX/Representative XX to support conservation programs, specifically CSP, in the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill. CSP is an important program that our farmers and ranchers and environment cannot afford to lose.
After you call, please email info@wildfarmalliance.org and let us know you called! Thank you!

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Senate Farm Bill Update

The Senate Bill was passed June 28, 2018 and while there are issues, as a whole it is much better than the House Bill passed just weeks earlier. 

The Senate Bill takes a wildly different approach than the House Bill and does not make sweeping cuts to conservation and provides much needed support for Organic. The bill includes a significant boost in funding for organic research, provisions to address fraudulent organic imports, and funding for organic data collection initiatives. It also includes full funding for the organic certification cost-share program, which helps organic family farms thrive and boosts our local economies. 

Want to learn more about this bill? Click here to read more from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. 


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We’ve got a big problem in Washington: one that could harm farmers and communities around the country. The House of Representatives narrowly approved their version of the 2018 Farm Bill (June 2018), and this bill is bad. 

In short, this is the worst farm bill ever – it could set our shared movement back decades!

Want to learn more about this bill? Click here to read more from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. 

 

 

 


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