Michigan Action Alert – Farm Bill

Do you believe in fairness for farmers?


We sure do.  We’re talking about common-sense basics here:  ensuring independent growers have a fair crack in the marketplace against Big Ag and closing loopholes so mega-farms can’t rake in excessive subsidies that they don’t need.

The time to fight for the rights of our nation’s independent producers against abuses by large corporations, and for common-sense, long overdue reforms to our nation’s commodity subsidy programs, is right now.

A small group of Senators and Representatives is meeting this week to negotiate the final version of a new farm bill. This may be our last chance to make changes that this bill desperately needs in order to work for sustainable farmers and a better food & farm future.

Your voice matters – speak out today!

There’s so much at stake right now. For one, Big Ag is trying to push through an amendment that would strip farmers and ranchers of basic legal protections against unfair treatment at the hands of large corporations (like retaliation, where a corporation can bankrupt a farmer for raising a grievance). If Big Ag wins and USDA can’t enforce what’s known as the GIPSA rule, independent meat and poultry producers have no legal protection against outright abuse.

Adding insult to injury: long-overdue, common-sense subsidy reforms that will save taxpayers money – and were approved by bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate last year – are on the chopping block in these behind-the-scenes negotiations! Limiting subsidies and eliminating loopholes in the commodity programs – known as payment limitation reform – will keep mega-farms from abusing the system. It ought to be a no-brainer. Yet still a handful of dedicated opponents are fighting tooth and nail to strip out the reforms.

We need your help:

Senator Debbie Stabenow sits on the powerful farm bill conference committee – and that committee is meeting SOON.  Can we count on you to take action today? It’s simple. Dial the number below to be connected directly to the Senator’s office.  Let the person who answers the phone know that you’re a constituent and a voter, and then tell them you’d like to share a message like this one below with your legislator:

Senator Debbie Stabenow
(202) 224-4822

I’m a Michigan constituent and voter calling about the farm bill.  Thank you for all of your work on issues of fair competition for independent growers and commodity subsidy reform.  As you continue Farm Bill conference negotiations, I ask you to:

  • Please continue to oppose any amendment that prevents enforcement of GIPSA rules. Growers deserve a fair shot in the marketplace and protection from abusive practices!
  • Please oppose any attempt to weaken or remove common-sense commodity subsidy reforms in the 2014 Farm Bill! Payment limitation reform for commodity subsidy programs was supported on a bipartisan basis last year in the House and Senate and must be included in the final bill – it saves money and limits the ability of mega-farms to abuse the system!

Thank you for your time,

Let’s not let these huge issues slip through the cracks in the final hours – this may be our last best chance to make a difference on the farm bill!

Thanks for all you do for Michigan communities! Let us know if call and how it goes!