Ensure Farmers Can Continue to Protect the Environment

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Target: U.S. Legislators

Goal: Protect programs and conservation measures that allow farmers to continue serving as stewards for the environment.

For more than three decades, the Farm Bill has stated that farmers who accept federal crop insurance subsidies must meet certain conservation requirements. This practice has proven to successfully restore millions of acres of farmland to keep water sources clean, prevent soil erosion and protect the habitat of many species of wildlife, including river otters and prairie dogs.

These same conservation provisions were included in the Senate’s version of the 2012 Farm Bill, but were taken out by the House. The lack of vital conservation measures in the current bill would erode this legacy of stewardship by making it considerably more difficult for farmers to protect the environment.

In addition, the House version of the bill also contains a myriad of provisions that would be extremely harmful for wildlife and wild places. The current legislation would take away $6 billion in programs that protect around 5 million acres of wetlands, streams and other sensitive farmland habitat. It would allow more toxic pesticides to enter water sources by eliminating programs to help farmers curtail their use of chemicals. It would also allow increased logging in National Forests to move forward with hardly any environmental review or public involvement.

By signing the petition below, you will be urging Congress to support vital conservation measures and oppose harmful provisions in the 2012 Farm Bill to ensure protection for our wildlife and wild places.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear U.S. Legislator,

As a concerned constituent, I am writing to urge you to stand by farmers who work to protect the environment by supporting vital conservation measures and opposing harmful provisions in the 2012 Farm Bill.

For more than three decades, the Farm Bill has stated that farmers who accept federal crop insurance subsidies must meet certain conservation requirements. This practice has proven to successfully restore millions of acres of farmland to keep water sources clean, prevent soil erosion and protect the habitat of many species of wildlife, including river otters and prairie dogs.

These same conservation provisions were included in the Senate’s version of the 2012 Farm Bill, but were taken out by the House. The lack of vital conservation measures in the current bill would erode this legacy of stewardship by making it considerably more difficult for farmers to protect the environment.

In addition, the House version of the bill also contains a myriad of provisions that would be extremely harmful for wildlife and wild places. The current legislation would take away $6 billion in programs that protect around 5 million acres of wetlands, streams and other sensitive farmland habitat. It would allow more toxic pesticides to enter water sources by eliminating programs to help farmers curtail their use of chemicals. It would also allow increased logging in National Forests to move forward with hardly any environmental review or public involvement.

As Congress moves to finalize the 2012 Farm Bill, I urge you to stand up for our natural heritage and protect the programs and conservation measures that allow farmers to act as stewards for the environment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. If we have to follow big business and corporations in our food production, pretty soon there won’t be any decent food.

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