Urge Your U.S. Senators to Support a Fair Farm Bill
Tell Senators Nelson and Rubio that our nation needs to feed the hungry, support small family farmers, preserve God’s creation, and help rural America thrive.
BACKGROUND: The U.S. Senate is currently considering the 2012 Farm Bill. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA and the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, has identified some positive provisions in the Senate’s bill, as well as some provisions that need improving.
The Senate’s 2012 Farm Bill will reduce agriculture funding over 10 years by $23 billion. This includes over $4 billion in proposed cuts to the food stamp (SNAP) program and over $6 billion in cuts to conservation programs. At this time of continued unemployment and high levels of poverty, the Senate should oppose cuts to effective and efficient anti-hunger programs that help people live in dignity.
The Senate’s proposal calls for ending some subsidies (direct payments) and this is a step in the right direction. Further reductions and re-directing subsidies that disproportionately go to larger growers and agribusiness are still needed. Savings from cuts to subsidies should be used to support hunger and nutrition programs that feed hungry, poor and vulnerable people at home and abroad.
ACTION: Click the link below to send email messages to Senators Nelson and Rubio of Florida. Urge them to support policies in the Farm Bill that strengthen programs that provide for poor and hungry people at home and abroad, offer effective assistance for those who grow our food, ensure fairness to family farmers and ranchers, and promote stewardship of the land.
Please act today, we anticipate that after the Memorial Day recess, the Senate will finalize and vote on its version of the Farm Bill.
The Senators will likely be in their districts during the recess starting May 25. If you have the opportunity, please reach out via a phone call or visit to their district offices. For phone numbers and locations of Senator Nelson’s offices, click here. For phone numbers and locations of Senator Rubio’s offices, click here.
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