The United States Senate is debating the 2012 Farm Bill this week.
Please contact your U.S. Senators today and urge them to support Senator Ben Cardin's crop insurance and conservation compliance amendment.
Over the past decade, taxpayer subsidies for crop insurance premiums have grown steadily, reaching $7.4 billion in 2011. On average, subsidies cover more than 60 percent of premiums, and for some policies, it's as high as 80 percent.
But unlike most traditional Farm Bill support payments, producers who receive subsidized crop insurance premiums do not have to meet simple conservation compliance standards.
Conservation compliance refers to conservation practices that reduce soil erosion, protect water quality, and conserve wetlands. These standards have been in place since 1985, and they did apply to crop insurance premiums until Congress broke that link in 1996.
Senator Cardin's amendment is simple – it reestablishes the connection between crop insurance premium subsidies and conservation compliance.
It's common-sense policy – taxpayers deserve basic conservation benefits when they provide subsidy crop payments totaling billions of tax payer dollars.
Please contact your U.S. Senators today and urge them to vote for the Cardin amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill.
Opponents are organized and vocal. Iowa Senators need to hear from constituents supporting conservation and fiscal responsibility.
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