Target: Tom Vilsak, Secretary of Agriculture
Goal: Provide financial and livestock reimbursements to farmers who experienced losses related to USDA-sanctioned pesticides.
Efforts to treat Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) with the pesticide methyl bromide have had tremendous negative impacts on other agricultural industries. Testing has revealed high amounts of the toxin inorganic bromide in livestock remains, their feed, and hay fields. The hay cannot be sold and the livestock suffer from lesions, swelling, and spontaneous abortions or still born calves.
Farmers reported these effects to the USDA, requesting reimbursement for losses and assistance moving beyond them. The USDA has refused their request and demanded the farmers, whose finances are already severely depleted, file a lawsuit, saying the EPA is to blame despite the fact that the USDA sanctioned the methyl bromide treatments.
Demand the USDA compensate farmers for their losses related to these treatments and spare them the expense and time of a drawn-out lawsuit they can ill afford.
Dear Secretary Vilsak,
Farmers in Idaho have had their livestock and hay fields contaminated, possibly beyond repair, as a result of USDA-sanctioned methyl bromide treatments aimed at eradicated PCN. When the farmers requested financial assistance and a path forward from the USDA, they were turned down and told to file a lawsuit, despite their depleted finances.
The USDA must support local agriculture across the country. We demand these farmers are compensated for their losses without being forced to file a lawsuit.
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