Thursday, August 8, 2013

Tell Congress: Pass the Farm Bill

American Farmland Trust
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Today, the halls of Congress are empty as legislators return to their districts for a six-week recess. They left Washington without acting on a new Farm Bill. As a result essential conservation programs were left without any authorization, while farmers who are left in limbo consider selling for development. This is unacceptable. We need your help.

The development pressures on America’s farmland and the conservation challenges family farmers face do not take a break. If Congress does not pass a new Farm Bill when they return in September, public programs that have helped permanently protect more than 16,000 farms covering nearly 3 million acres are at risk of being lost. A further delay means the funding for successful conservation programs that protect farmland and natural resources might only be available for one more year.   

We have come too far this year to allow the Farm Bill to stall and to let funding to protect farm and ranch land slip away. We need your help to get the bill across the finish line.
Join American Farmland Trust in sending more than 10,000 letters to members of Congress during the August recess, supporting a finished Farm Bill.
The Farm Bill is the single largest federal investment in private lands conservation. Programs to protect farmland, improve water quality and provide wildlife habitat all come from Farm Bill conservation programs. 
More than ever, we need a new, comprehensive Farm Bill that reinvests in farmland conservation, that provides sound conservation practices and that helps farmers stay on the land. There is too much at stake to allow Congress to simply turn its back on these important programs.
Thank you for all that you do to support farmland conservation in your community and across the nation. 

Jeremy Peters
Director of Federal Policy
American Farmland Trust
 Jeremy Peters, American Farmland Trust
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