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Conservation Action is Needed Now

Postby feathhd » Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:08 pm

Your action is needed now!


Tell Congress conservation protections for soil, water, and habitat belong in
the farm bill

Conservation action is needed now.

Conservation protections belong in the next farm bill. See below for a sample
message to your elected officials.


This week, a Congressional conference committee is finally starting to resolve
differences between the House and Senate to complete a Farm Bill. The stakes
for soil and water conservation in Iowa are very high because the House and
Senate disagree about including two key provisions needed to protect Iowa's
natural resources.

Your action is needed to encourage Iowa's conference committee members to stand
up for conservation. Please contact Senator Harkin http://out02.thedatabank.com/?r=MTAwMw0 ... YS5vcmc%3d

or contact Representative King http://out02.thedatabank.com/?r=MTAwMw0 ... 9yZw%3d%3d

to ask them to support conservation compliance and a national sodsaver
provision. A suggested message to send is below.

As 278 organizations nationwide including the Iowa Environmental Council told
Congress in a letter this week: “Both of these provisions, included in the
Senate bill, ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to incentivize risky or
environmentally destructive practices."

We wrote that "without these key protections, billions of taxpayer dollars spent
on crop insurance over coming years will subsidize soil erosion that will choke
our waterways, increase the cost of water treatment and dredging, and reduce the
long term productivity of farmland. A farm bill without these protections will
also allow for the destruction of tens of thousands of acres of valuable
wetlands, resulting in increased downstream flooding, loss of wildlife habitat
and decreased water quality."

Senator Harkin has supported these conservation actions in the past, and
Representative King could be an important voice for them in the House. Please
contact Senator Harkin http://out02.thedatabank.com/?r=MTAwMw0 ... YS5vcmc%3d

or contact Representative King http://out02.thedatabank.com/?r=MTAwMw0 ... 9yZw%3d%3d

to ask them to support conservation compliance and a national sodsaver
provision. A suggested message to send is below.

Last year, Iowa Environmental Council supporters together with sustainable
agriculture advocates across the country succeeded in convincing the U.S. Senate
to include these protections in its version of the Farm Bill. Now, these
important protections need to be in the final bill.

SAMPLE MESSAGE TO COMMITTEE MEMBERS

To contact your elected officials, we suggest copying and pasting the sample
message below into their online contact forms.

Senator Tom Harkin http://out02.thedatabank.com/?r=MTAwMw0 ... YS5vcmc%3d

| Representative Steve King http://out02.thedatabank.com/?r=MTAwMw0 ... 9yZw%3d%3d

Dear Senator Harkin and Congressman King,

As the House and Senate begin conferencing the final 2013 farm bill, I urge you
to protect wetlands, healthy soil, and clean water by supporting a national
sodsaver provision and re-coupling basic soil and water conservation measures to
premium subsidies for crop insurance. Both of these provisions, included in the
Senate bill, ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to incentivize risky or
environmentally destructive practices.

Thank you for your efforts to pass a final farm bill. I hope you will help
ensure the final bill includes these important protections that will save money
while protecting long-term farm productivity and Iowa's natural resources.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME.

To contact your elected officials, we suggest copying and pasting the sample
message above into their online contact forms.

Senator Tom Harkin http://out02.thedatabank.com/?r=MTAwMw0 ... YS5vcmc%3d

| Representative Steve King http://out02.thedatabank.com/?r=MTAwMw0 ... 9yZw%3d%3d


STAY COMMITTED FOLKS

Sincerely,

William J. Smith
President
Mo. Valley Waterfowlers Association
712-274-3343
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