New England Farmers Union Call for Action

Just received the following communication from NEFU:

Who doesn’t love August?  The fields and farmers markets are bursting with fresh tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, blueberries, and other fresh fruits, and vegetables. The corn, hay fields, and pastures are lush and productive, something not all farmers can say this summer.  We are fortunate here in Maine to have had adequate rain this summer for a good harvest.

August is also when Congress takes a five-week recess.  Members of Congress are home for community events and town hall forums where they rub shoulders with constituents.  August is a great opportunity to reach out to your members of Congress, and this recess you need to deliver a very strong, simple and clear message:

Congress must pass a 2012 Farm Bill by September 30.

Thirty-seven programs that support farmers markets, value added agriculture, beginning farmers, organic agriculture, renewable energy, and nutrition assistance will expire on September 30.

The Senate and the House Agriculture Committees have completed their drafts of the 2012 farm bill.  Both bills contribute to deficit reduction while supporting policies and programs essential to New England agriculture.  Both bills include critical drought relief measures for livestock producers.

The next step is to bring the House Agriculture Committee bill up for a vote on the House floor.  Once the House votes, the Senate and House Agriculture Committees can iron out differences and pass a final bill before September 30, 2012.

Please contact your member of Congress today.  Tell them that when the recess is over, they need to bring the 2012 farm bill to the House floor and pass it.  Click here for contact information.

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