Action Alert from Rural Coalition
The 2013 Farm Bill Debate Moves to the Full Senate Floor – Action Needed!
NEXT UP – The Senate Agriculture Committee passed their version of the 2013 Farm Bill and have already prepared it for Senate Floor action where debate is expected to begin today May 21st. Amendments are being introduced and now is a critical time to ask your Senators to cosponsor and vote for critical amendments on the Senate floor. We will send a fuller list of amendments later in the day. For the moment, we urge you to take rapid action to support several amendments especially important to achieving equity for all farmers.
Senate Amendments to Increase Equity in the 2013 Farm Bill
Senator Tom Udall is introducing an amendment this morning to restore funding to the Outreach and Assistance Program for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers.
He is also working on additional amendments – one would make a receipt for service automatic for to all farmers requesting service to help assure that all farmers and ranchers receive equitable access to and uniform information about all USDA programs, and to improve access for traditional irrigation association members to expand conservation practices.
We urge you to call your two Senators as soon as possible this morning to urge them to co-sponsor and vote for Senator Tom Udall’s amendment to restore funding of $17 million annually to the Outreach and Assistance Program for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers.