RAFI-USA research and policy associate James Robinson travels the state to present at a number of forums about Landowner Rights and Fracking. He was recently featured in The Stokes News after presenting in Danbury, NC.
Current policies offer little to protect growers against abusive contracts. Tell your senators to support amendments that protect livestock and poultry producers from unfair and deceptive contracting practices.
It's time to get it right. The time is NOW. It takes less than 5 minutes to call and voice your opinion -- and it does make a difference. The 2013 Farm Bill debate is happening right this moment. While corporate interest groups have huge budgets to pay for lobbyists in DC, we must count on people like you to call and tell your elected officials what is needed.
More than 100 farm organizations, scientists, businesses and nonprofits, including Organic Seed Alliance and Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, have signed a letter urging Congress to support Senator Tester’s amendment to the Senate Farm Bill. The proposed Farm Bill currently on the Congress floor fails to direct more research dollars to classical breeding projects that would result in the benefit of publicly owned plant cultivars and animal breeds.
On Monday, the Farm Bill will be brought to the Congress floor. There is no clear process, yet the issue is quickly picking up steam. Solidified amendments may be challenged and uprooted by new ones. What we do know for sure is that, as your state representatives and senators prepare to make decisions, they will be listening to their constituents. That’s you.
As people of faith who care about our hungry neighbors, we have much to be concerned about. The proposed farm bill is slated to eliminate nearly $21 billion in SNAP benefits over the next decade, eliminating access to these benefits for almost 2 million Americans. Take action by Monday.
The full Senate is taking up the Farm Bill debate today, and, right now, there is no language in the bill that protects funding for classical breeding and research that results in publicly owned varieties. If the Senate Farm Bill goes through in its current form, American farmers and researchers looking for publicly owned crop varieties will find themselves with almost no options.
Yesterday, the USDA announced Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's "vision for U.S. organic agriculture." According to a USDA press release, this would include new initiatives to support the growth of organic agriculture through increased crop insurance coverage options this year and more in 2014.
North Carolina’s compulsory pooling law is incomplete compared to the rest of the country. RAFI has raised strong objections to forced pooling. We believe it should not be allowed, and, if allowed, should have very high threshold requirements and low penalties.