Funding for organic ag research and green payments for farmers who steward the land is policy that makes sense. Yet commodity and crop insurance subsidies -- the two largest federal agriculture expenditures -- remain untouched. In a year of high farm income, the House has focused its cuts instead on programs that protect the environment, increase economic opportunity, serve beginning and minority farmers, and ensure nutrition for low-income families. For years we have struggled to achieve a fair share of federal farm spending and have made significant strides forward. H.R. 1 sets back our progress by decades. The Senate can turn back some of these cuts, but there is so much at play that our Senators need us to help them focus on what matters most in this battle.
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The message is simple. “I am a constituent of Senator___________ and I am calling to ask him/her to reject H.R. 1, the Continuing Resolution to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011. H.R. 1 singles out conservation, research, extenstion, and other programs important to sustainable and organic agriculture. It terminates programs that serve beginning and minority farmers without making any cuts to commodity or crop insurance programs. If cuts are to be made then everything must be on the table. Cuts must be fair, equitable and based on the merits of each program.
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