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Three generations of farmers in potato fieldAsk Congress to Reinvest in Farmland Conservation and Pass a Comprehensive, Five-Year Farm Bill 

Congress needs to finish their work on the 2013 Farm Bill. The critical work that has gone into passing a comprehensive five-year Farm Bill, including reinvestment in critical farmland conservation programs, cannot be allowed to stall. American Farmland Trust needs your help to ensure the Farm Bill continues to move and that sound conservation policy is a key component. 

A final version of the 2013 Farm Bill is needed to extend vital programs for farmland protection, soil and water conservation, and local, healthy food choices. Further, any attempt to break the bill down into smaller pieces or remove long-standing agriculture laws will erode support for farmland conservation programs. Tell your members of Congress to support a comprehensive, five-year Farm Bill that includes conservation compliance and that holds the line on farmland conservation funding. 

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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.

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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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]
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