Target: United States Congress
Goal: To renew the Farm Bill, an essential piece of conservation legislation that protects America’s agricultural lands and is set to expire soon
Just as all Americans rely on our country’s farmers for sustenance, America’s farmers rely on healthy, sustainable land to grow their crops. For decades, the United States Farm Bill has provided farmers with the resources to preserve and renew farmed land, ensuring America’s farms a sustainable future for decades more to come. But the Farm Bill–arguably the most important piece of conservation legislation–is set to expire on September 30, 2012 unless Congress comes together to renew it for another five years.
The Farm Bill helps farmers renew their land in a variety of important ways. Through the Grassland and Wetlands Reserve Programs, farm owners are paid to restore land that is no longer suitable for agricultural use to its original, natural state, allowing wildlife and natural ecosystems to flourish. Cost-share programs improve productivity while helping farmers and ranchers work sustainably. The bill also requires farmers that receive government subsidies for crop insurance maintain ecologically sound soil and water conservation practices, preventing harmful and unnecessary pollution.
Without the Farm Bill, our nation’s thriving agricultural industry would soon exhaust the land it uses. In a time when it’s all the more economically important to grow crops domestically, the Farm Bill is absolutely essential to the future of America’s agriculture. The bill’s latest incarnation has already passed through the Senate and was approved by the House Agricultural Committee. Tell Congress to safeguard the future of America’s farms for decades to come.
Dear members of Congress,
As you know, the Farm Bill has been one of the most effective and productive pieces of conservation legislation ever to be enacted in the United States. By encouraging farmers to respect and preserve the land on which they work, the Farm Bill has boosted agricultural productivity while preserving essential ecosystems throughout the United States.
The Farm Bill, which must be renewed every five years, is currently set to expire on September 30, 2012. Its latest incarnation has already been approved by the House Agricultural Committee and by the Senate as a whole. Not only does will this bill conserve essential farmland for generations to come, it will also reduce its 10-year cost by $23 billion. The bill is an environmentally and economically sound piece of legislation that must continue to assist farmers for the next five years and beyond. I urge you to come together to renew the Farm Bill and ensure the future of America’s agricultural industry.
[Your Name Here]
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