Reinvest in Farmland Conservation and Pass a Five-Year Farm Bill
Dear [Decision Maker],
America's farm and ranch land is very important to me, my family and my community. Sound conservation programs included in a comprehensive five-year Farm Bill for farmers and ranchers are vital to ensure long-term economic and environmental benefits in agriculture.
Our best farm and ranch land provides open space, clean water, fresh food and wildlife habitat--and we need the U.S. Congress to pass a full comprehensive five-year Farm Bill to continue these benefits into the future. Further, I oppose any final Farm Bill that divides the bill or that repeals permanent agriculture laws. These political tactics threaten the ability to finish the bill and leave many important programs on the chopping block. Programs for conservation, beginning farmers, local foods, farmers markets and many more are in real danger without permanent laws in place to encourage periodic reauthorization of farm programs.
It is also critical that we ensure a sound farm and natural resource safety net. The bipartisan Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 (S. 954) passed by the U.S. Senate includes a major component of the agriculture and conservation agreement to relink conservation compliance with crop insurance premium subsidies. Relinking conservation compliance to crop insurance protects against soil erosion, preserves important wetlands and protects taxpayers' investments in sound agricultural and conservation policy.
As a citizen concerned about the future of farm and ranch land, I urge you to support passage of a comprehensive five-year Farm Bill that provides sound farmland conservation policy for many years to come. Thank you.
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