How 'Bout We Give Farmers 'Recess'?

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While it's sleepy on the Hill, there is always action within your district.  Farmers markets are hoppin'.  Kids are getting ready to go back to school.

There are only eight days on the legislative calendar before Congress breaks again for a big campaign push.  On recess, your Senators and Representatives are making the rounds in their home states and districts.  Many of them are getting an earful about the drought and it's impact on farmers and farmland across the country.  So far, Congress has failed to provide farmers with any relief.  It being campaign season, no one wants to take “tough votes” on the Farm Bill or even a short-term disaster measure that would make a difference.

Meeting with your representatives is the best way to get their attention before they head back to Washington.  Organic farmers rely on many of the programs funded through the Farm Bill including disaster assistance, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program, the Organic Research and Extension Initiative, crop insurance, and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program-Organic Initiative.

Let your Representatives know that doing nothing is not an option.  Gridlock just isn't working.  Tell them to take up the 2012 Farm Bill before you cast your ballot in November.  Organic farmers can’t wait.  The hard work of legislating must go on, election year politics aside.  


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