Take Action: Federal Conservation Funding At Stake

From the American Farmland Trust -

Dear MA Partners:  As you may know, a broad coalition of conservation groups is asking their members and partners to call their U.S. Senators today, Tuesday, June 28th, to urge them to restore cuts in farm conservation programs made by the House. If you have not yet done so, please take a moment TODAY to call Senators Brown and Kerry (202-224-3121 is the Senate switchboard) and urge them to reject the House cuts to farm conservation programs in the FY 2012 agriculture appropriations bill.  

The agriculture appropriations bill just passed by the House of Representatives dramatically slashes funding for conservation, including major cuts in the Farm and Ranchland Protection Program and the Grasslands Reserve Program. These cuts are a double whammy, in that cuts now affect the budget baseline available for conservation programs in the next farm bill.

The House-passed bill cuts farm bill conservation funding by $1 billion for Fiscal Year 2012. This comes on top of $500 million in cuts in the fiscal year 2011 bill. These cuts target crucial and effective programs that are already oversubscribed with a long waiting list of farmers wanting for conservation funding.

The only place these cuts can be changed is the Senate.

Conservation and natural resources spending is only 1.2 percent of federal spending, and has grown less than 3% over the past 30 years!

All Senators can be reached through the Senate switchboard, at (202) 224-3121.

I know everyone is busy.  However, a call takes only a minute. The funding at stake can protect our natural resources for generations to come. Please call.

Many thanks,
Cris Coffin


Cris Coffin
New England Director
American Farmland Trust
One Short Street
Northampton, MA 01060
M: 413-695-4653
O: 413-586-9330 x.29