Monday, June 4, 2012

Calls are needed now to urge your U.S. Senators to support the Brown amendment

The Senate Agriculture Committee’s version of the 2012 Farm Bill is up for debate by the full Senate
this week. But it looks like they forgot to include a few things in the farm bill – like robust
funding for rural development and beginning and socially disadvantaged farmer programs.

That’s right! Programs that boost jobs through rural entrepreneurship, invest in the future of
American agriculture, and provide assistance to historically underserved farmers received little-to-no
funding in Committee’s bill.

How could these important programs get left behind?

Fortunately, there is still a chance to ensure that these programs are not forgotten. Senator Sherrod
Brown (D-OH) along with other interested Senators, are considering offering
an amendment that restores funding to crucial rural development and beginning and socially
disadvantaged farmer programs including:



Will you support their efforts to ensure the 2012 Farm Bill creates jobs in rural America and
invests in the next generation of farmers?

Call your Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein TODAY and ask for their support
on the possible amendment that funds rural development and beginning and socially
disadvantaged farmer programs:

Senator Boxer; 202-224-3553
Senator Feinstein; (202) 224-3841

Your Senators need to hear that you want a farm bill with real reform and real improvements for
our rural places and the future of farming. Don’t delay – the Senate is about to start debate on the
2012 Farm Bill, so they need to hear from you TODAY.