We see the human cost of agriculture every day. Among the many issues at stake in the 2013 Farm Bill debate is the possible loss of protections for independent meat and poultry growers. Current policies offer little to protect growers against economically abusive and unfair contracts. Last week, RAFI signed onto a letter urging senators to support amendments that protect livestock and poultry producers from unfair and deceptive contracting practices. (Read the full letter below).
Call your senators at 877-757-6910 and urge them to do the same.Take Action Step 1: Call the Congress switchboard at 877-757-6910. Ask to be connected with one of the two Senators representing your state. Step 2: Once connected, state your name, city and state. Tell the person who answers that you would like to leave a message for the Senator’s agricultural staffer. Suggested Message: I urge the Senator to take steps to ensure that the 2013 Farm Bill works to protect family farmers from unfair corporate abuses by large meat packers, poultry companies and other agribusinesses. Please ask the Senator to support the following amendments:
- Senator Rockefeller’s amendment (SA 993) to prohibit companies from retaliating against farmers that speak out about unfair treatment.
- Senator Grassley’s amendment (SA 969) to create a USDA special counsel to monitor consolidation and strengthen antitrust enforcement in the farm and food sector.
- Senator Tester’s amendment (SA 971) requiring the USDA to issue annual reports on concentration in the food and agribusiness industries.
- Senator Enzi’s livestock marketing amendment (SA 982) requiring all marketing arrangements to use firm, fixed base prices to ensure that cattle producers are fairly paid for their livestock.