Our friends at the Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association are circulating an online petition aimed at getting Congress to finish the Farm Bill during the lame duck session. We’re asking you to follow the link that comes after the petition text below and sign on. I just did it and it took 30 seconds. Roger Wise and Linda and Mel Borton signed as well. You do not have to leave your phone number or street address, but your name, email address, city and zip code are appreciated and lets our representatives in Washington know there are real people behind this campaign.
As you all know, the Senate passed a Farm Bill earlier this year that contained real deficit reduction and moves farm support programs away from direct payments and into a crop insurance program. The House Ag committee followed suit, but House Speaker John Boehner has held up moving it to the floor for a vote because of opposition by some on the GOP side of the aisle. If you read the blog, you know that there are programs like MILC – which helps small dairy farmers – that are expired. Also expired is the non-insured crop disaster assistance program, or NAP. We need the Farm Bill to get to the floor for a vote, where it’s hoped a bipartisan coalition can be put together as it was in the Senate.
The OEFFA petition reads:
For the sake of our nation’s health, our farmers, and our natural resources, we need you to do your job. We need a better Farm Bill, and we need it this year!
An equitable, sustainable, 21st century Farm Bill must:
– INVEST IN THE FUTURE OF HEALTHY FARMS, FOOD, and PEOPLE
– PROTECT OUR PRECIOUS AIR, SOIL, and WATER
– REFORM FARM SUBSIDIES and LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD