Folks get on the web and find your senators direct contact number in DC.
Sen. Harkin's office: (202) 224-3254
Sen. Grassley's office: (202) 224-3744
Make your call Requesting that he Support Senators Chambliss Conservation Compliance Amendment with in the Farm Bill.
Do this NOW, DO IT TODAY before we loose a great opportunity to restore fiscal responsibility with in the farm Bill and help the future of conservation measures out on the landscape as conservation budgets are also getting cutt.
For more details on the issue as it is being played out right now up on the Hill, read below content.
Thanks again for all of your help on getting sign on's to the letter- We currently have 114 groups signed on. Late last night, the Senate reached agreement on a final package of amendments to the farm bill which includes over 70 amendments, and votes began just a short while ago.
The good news is that this package does include an amendment to relink conservation compliance to crop insurance premium subsidies. Two identical compliance amendments had been introduced- one by Senators Cardin (D-MD), Chambliss (R-GA), Lieberman (I-CT), and Franken (D-MN) (SA 2219) and another by Senator Chambliss (SA 2438). Note that it is the Chambliss amendment (2438) that will be voted on, so the letter has been updated to reflect support for this amendment.
This amendment will be voted on either tonight or sometime tomorrow. We need your help reaching out to offices and encouraging them to support this amendment. Attached is the updated letter, a target list, and some basic talking points. Getting calls in this afternoon is absolutely critical.
Ask: Will Senator _____ vote yes on Chambliss amendment #2438, which attaches basic conservation measures to federal subsidies for crop insurance in the 2012 Farm Bill?
Conservation compliance is a covenant between farmers and taxpayers that states that in return for receiving federal subsidies, farmers should meet some basic eligibility requirements: they must refrain from farming highly erodible soils without a conservation plan or draining wetlands on their property.
This covenant between farmers and taxpayers is critical for reducing soil erosion, protecting wetlands, reducing downstream flooding risk, and decreasing nutrient pollution into rivers, lakes and streams.
With the farm subsidy system set to shift away from direct payments, it is critical that conservation compliance be linked to taxpayer subsidized crop insurance, which is now largest of the federal benefits farmers receive.
This amendment would save over $60 million over 10 y