Monthly Archives: May 2013

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You Have the Power to Make a Difference -- Today

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.
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Press Release: More than 100 Groups Urge Congress to Support Tester Amendment in 2013 Farm Bill

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.
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Farm Bill 2013: Where We Stand

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.
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How the Farm Bill Cuts to SNAP Affect Rural Communities

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.
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A Critical Moment for a Resilient Food System

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.
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