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~Just Say NO to the Farm Bill Extension!~

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Across the nation, farmers’ livelihoods are withering in an intense, record-breaking drought. Congress could be doing something about this right now – they could be passing the 2012 Farm Bill, which funds critical disaster assistance programs that are our farmers and ranchers’ safety net in times like these. But are they working to pass the 2012 Farm Bill?  No.  

 

Instead, late last week, in a surprise move, the majority leadership of the House of Representatives moved to extend parts of the 2008 Farm Bill through next year, including drought assistance but excluding important programs.

The chart below gives a detailed look at which programs the one year extension would

CUT AND TERMINATE:

Farm Bill Program

House One Year Extension Bill What it means

Conservation Stewardship Program

2013 cap of 11 million acres 1.5 million acre cut = $289 million cut

Farmland Protection Program

2013 cap of $150 million

$50 million cut

Environmental Quality Incentives

2013 cap of $1400 million

$350 million cut

Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program

2013 cap of $45 million

$40 million cut

Grassland Reserve Program*

Mandatory funding authority terminated

$32 million cut

Voluntary Public Access*

Mandatory funding authority terminated; converted to a purely discretionary program

Zero funding in 2013

Organic Research & Extension* Mandatory funding authority terminated; converted to a purely discretionary program

Zero funding in 2013

Specialty Crop Research Initiative*

Mandatory funding authority terminated; converted to a purely discretionary program

Zero funding in 2013

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program*

Mandatory funding authority terminated; converted to a purely discretionary program

Zero funding in 2013

Biobased Markets Program*

Mandatory funding authority terminated; converted to a purely discretionary program

Zero funding in 2013

Biorefinery Assistance*

Mandatory funding authority terminated; converted to a purely discretionary program

Zero funding in 2013

Repowering Assistance

Mandatory funding authority terminated; converted to a purely discretionary program

Zero funding in 2013

Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels

Mandatory funding authority terminated; converted to a purely discretionary program

Zero funding in 2013

Biodiesel Fuel Education Program*

Mandatory funding authority terminated; converted to a purely discretionary program

Zero funding in 2013

Rural Energy for America Program*

Mandatory funding authority terminated; converted to a purely discretionary program

Zero mandatory funding in 2013; small appropriations pending in House and Senate appropriations bills

Biomass Research and Development*

Mandatory funding authority terminated; converted to a purely discretionary program

Zero funding in 2013

Biomass Crop Assistance Program*

Mandatory funding authority terminated; converted to a purely discretionary program

Zero funding in 2013

Farmers Market Promotion Program*

Mandatory funding authority terminated; converted to a purely discretionary program

Zero funding in 2013

National Clean Plant Network*

Mandatory funding authority terminated; converted to a purely discretionary program

Zero funding in 2013

National Organic Certification Cost Share Program*

Mandatory funding authority terminated; converted to a purely discretionary program

Zero funding in 2013

Organic Data Initiative*

Mandatory funding authority terminated; converted to a purely discretionary program

Zero mandatory funding in 2013; small appropriations pending in Senate appropriations bill

Outreach and Technical Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers*

Mandatory funding authority terminated; converted to a purely discretionary program

Zero funding in 2013

Small Watershed Rehabilitation* Mandatory funding authority terminated; converted to a purely discretionary program

Zero mandatory funding in 2013; small appropriations pending in House appropriations bill

Local Food Aid Procurement*

Mandatory funding authority terminated

Unclear

Rural Microenterpreneur Assistance Program*

Mandatory funding authority terminated; converted to a purely discretionary program

$3 million cut; zero funding in 2013

Value-Added Producer Grants*

Mandatory funding authority terminated; converted to a purely discretionary program

Zero mandatory funding in 2013; small appropriations pending in House and Senate appropriations bills

Pigford Claims Mandatory funding authority terminated

At least $77 million in payments to black farmers whom USDA discriminated against would be stopped, according to OMB figures

*  = Provided with mandatory money for 2013-2017 by the Senate-passed 2012 Farm Bill and/or by the pending House Committee-passed 2012 Farm Bill, but not under the pending House leadership one-year extension bill.

This isn’t a good-faith effort to help farmers.

It’s a dirty, cynical trick.  

Never before in modern times has a farm bill reported from the House Agriculture Committee been so blocked. POLITICO looked back at 50 years of farm bills and found nothing like this.”                                                                                              - David Rogers, POLITICO

It uses the real need for disaster assistance as an excuse to attack all sorts of important programs and kick the farm bill can down the road until next year.  This extension would:

  • Make deep, unnecessary cuts to conservation programs – the very farm programs that reduce drought impacts.
  • Strip all funding from dozens of programs that support beginning farmers, rural communities, and food entrepreneurs.
  • Continue outdated and wasteful “direct payments” – despite bipartisan agreement in the House and Senate that our farm subsidy system needs major reform.

The House is set to vote on this sham extension this week.  There’s no reason for this – there’s a draft 2012 Farm Bill ready and waiting in the wings.  The House is instead choosing to play politics at the expense of farmers and ranchers.

 

Help us tell the House: 

we don’t need an extension!

We need a better farm bill! 

 

Call and write your Representative today!>>

 

 

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