This fall, Congress made a mistake that prevents farmers from signing up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) this year, leaving over 9,000 farmers high and dry.
Today, the Senate will take up their own version of the bill to fund government programs through the rest of 2013. They have a chance to fix this mistake and restore funding for key sustainable agriculture programs.
Don’t let Congress leave these programs stranded. Speak out today! Please call:Senator Gillibrand at (202) 224-4451
Senator Schumer at (202) 224-6542
“I’m calling about the Continuing Resolution. Please tell the Senator to fix the Conservation Stewardship Program so USDA can hold a farmer sign-up this year. Also tell the Senator to support mandatory funding in the bill for the programs that were stranded in the farm bill extension, including:
- Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
- Organic Agriculture Research & Extension Initiative
- National Organic Certification Cost Share Program
These programs are important to sustainable NYS farmers, and they must be funded.”
Just a few minutes of your time will make a real difference in the lives of sustainable NYS farmers.
Kate Mendenhall Executive Director, NOFA-NY