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Monday, July 25, 2005

Action Alert - Limit Farm Payments to Mega Farms!

- from the desk of Kathie Starkweather, Center for Rural Affairs,

Urgent Action Alert

Act Now To Make Your Voice Heard in Congress for Rural America

Contact Congressman Jim Nussle!

$3 billion will be cut from the agricultural budget. If done wrong, crucial rural development and conservation programs for rural Iowa could be cut significantly or eliminated.

If done right, it could preserve funding for these important programs by saving money through long needed reforms that cap subsidies to mega farms.

The outcome is in your hands. This is a moment when grassroots calls and action can make a huge impact. You are in a unique position to have an impact because Iowa Congressman Jim Nussle chairs the influential House Budget Committee. Please take a crucial step to help build a better future for Rural Iowa:

Call Rep. Nussle at (202) 225-2911

Tell him to cut spending by capping payments to mega farms. Tell him to protect funding for rural development, conservation and family farm programs that offer a future to rural Iowa.
Ask when he will be in your area to discuss this crucial issue.

Please fill out the enclosed postage-paid postcard and send it back to us so that we know you took action for Iowa!

Thank you for taking action!

Kathie Starkweather
Policy Organizer
402-687-2100, extension 1014
Center for Rural Affairs
Values. Worth. Action.


  • At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I called Rep Nussle's office. Not much response, but they seemed to know what I was talking about.

  • At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I don't think Nussle cares about this issue, or he likes paying huge farms as much money as possible. Not sure how to make him see the light.

  • At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    you suggested we ask Mr. Nussle where he will be during august so we can ask him about payment limits but when i called his office they said they did not know. what is that about?

  • At 11:17 AM, Blogger Center for Rural Affairs said…

    We encourage everyone to let their Representatives and Senators know how crucial this issue is in their district and state and all of rural America. Limitations on federal farm program payments to the nation’s largest farms is the most important rural issue facing Congress this year. Reforming payment limits is overwhelmingly popular among rural people and among farmers. Urge your Representatives and Senators to support Senator Grassley and Senator Dorgan’s proposal to cap payments at $250,000. And urge them to let you know their schedule for the August recess so that you and others can talk to them about this issue, face to face.


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