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The Center for Rural Affairs, a private, non-profit organization, is working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities. Permission to reprint items from this web log is hereby granted, on the condition that clear credit is given to the original source of the material. If the blog provides information for a story, please let us know by sending an email to johnc@cfra.org.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Act Now for Rural America! - Your Action is Crucial!

- from the desk of John Crabtree, Center for Rural Affairs, johnc@cfra.org

ACTION ALERT - PAYMENT LIMITATIONS - ACTION ALERT

Have you contacted your members of Congress yet about establishing effective payment limitations for federal farm programs?

The most effective thing Congress could do to strengthen family farms and rural communities is establish effective payments limitations and stop the unlimited subsidies that help mega farms drive smaller operations out of business.

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and a bipartisan team of Senate cosponsors are leading the fight for a proposal to implement real payments limitations on federal farm programs, placing the cap at $250,000.

CALL - 202-224-3121
and ask for your Representative by name, they will connect you.

If you live in Iowa - take another step and
CALL Representative Jim Nussle's office

Representative Jim Nussle - 202-225-2911

Representative Nussle chairs the House Budget Committee
and will be a powerful voice in the final decision on this issue.

And, next week (or more precisely, this weekend) Congress is coming home for the August recess.

Shortly after they return in September, they will resolve the final issues relating to the 2005 federal budget. In particular, they will decide how to cut $3 billion out of spending on agriculture.

They have two choices, they can cut across the board - cut conservation (like the conservation security program); rural development; cooperative and value-added development; food and nutrition programs (like food stamps and WIC - Women, Infants and Children nutrition program) - the very programs that help family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities as well as many of the most disadvantaged American children.

OR - Congress can, instead, choose to limits payments to the nation's largest farms by enacting the Grassley - Dorgan proposal.

The choice really is that stark. Cut spending that makes a difference for family farmers and ranchers, rural communities and American children living in poverty. Or, reduce (not eliminate, just cap) unlimited, sometimes multi-million dollar subsidies to the nation's largest farms - mega farms, really.

And you have the chance to make your voice heard. Contact your Representative's and Senators' offices, urge them to support the payment limitations that Senator Grassley and Senator Dorgan have proposed.

CALL - 202-224-3121
and ask for your Representative by name, they will connect you.

If you live in Iowa - take another step and
CALL Representative Jim Nussle's office

Representative Jim Nussle - 202-225-2911

Representative Nussle chairs the House Budget Committee
and will be a powerful voice in the final decision on this issue.

Ask your Representatives to let you know when they will be in or near your community so that you can talk with them about this issue - face-to-face. And when they come, bring your family, friends and neighbors with you.

Remind your members of Congress how important this issue really is, because, in many ways, the future of rural America is at stake. Remind them that the future of rural America is their future too.

John Crabtree, johnc@cfra.org
402-687-2103 ext 1010
Center for Rural Affairs
Values. Worth. Action.

2 Comments:

  • At 7:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have called Rep. Nussle's office several times and still no answer as to when and where he will be to meet with consituents

     
  • At 9:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have called Representative Nussle's office 5 times now. They always tell me to call the campaign office. So I have called there 3 times now. The first time they told me I had to call his congressional office, so I did, again (that was one of the 5 times) and I told them what the campaign office said. They told me they would have someone call me back, but they never did. The other two times that I called the campaign office (after being told to do so by the other office) they told me the person I needed to talk to was out of the office and would have to call me back, but, again, they never called back.

    At first I thought this was rather disgusting. But it has gotten rather interesting. I am wondering how many times I will have to call before someone will just tell me that they do not want me to see Mr. Nussle or that he does not want to see me and that I should quit calling.

     

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