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PASA is a member of The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources and rural communities.

The 2012 Farm Bill debates are underway, and NSAC is fighting for better food and farm policy. Our Farm Bill campaign calls for reforms that will:

  • Ensure a sustainable future for American agriculture
  • Create jobs & spur economic opportunities
  • Equip rural communities for the 21st century
  • Level the playing field for producers
  • Support innovation for tomorrow's farmers
  • Protect our natural resources

  • Progress has been made with the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act and the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act

    To stay informed, get tips on engaging your legislators and growing the movement, visit the NSAC website and PASA will continue to offer updates via this website and other communication channels.

    FARM BILL UPDATE AS OF APRIL 24, 2012:

    PASA is following Farm Bill developments along with our friends at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), and we are passing along their call to action.

    NSAC is focused on these amendments and strategies:
    •    Help more schools serve fresh, healthy, local food (the Casey farm to school amendment)
    •    Provide critical support for beginning farmers and ranchers (the Leahy agricultural land easements amendment)
    •    Use a “sodsaver” provision to protect ranchlands and native prairie (the Thune sodsaver amendment)
    •    Ensure farm support goes towards working farmers by closing loopholes that allow corporate mega-farms to collect nearly unlimited payments (the Grassley payment limitations amendment)
    •    Restore greater fiscal responsibility in farm policy by tightening income eligibility caps on commodity payments – and investing some of the savings into beginning farmer and rural entrepreneurship programs (the Brown-Nelson AGI amendment)

    Please focus your efforts on the above points by contacting these Northeast Senators:

    New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand - 202-224-4451
    – remind her of the Thune sodsaver amendment (she’s already leading on a “seeds and breeds” amendment)
    Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey - 202-224-6324
    – remind him of the Grassley payment limitations amendment (he’s already leading on farm to school)
    Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy - 202-224-4242
    – remind him of the Brown-Nelson AGI amendment (he’s already leading on another beginning farmer initiative)

    When you call, simply ask for the staffer who works on agriculture, and deliver this message:  "I support sensible farm policy – it’s time for a better food and farm bill!  Please support the [issue-specific amendment names/sponsors here] and the Brown-Nelson AGI amendment!"


     

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