Please consider signing your organization on to support conservation in the
2012 Farm Bill

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Dear Colleagues,

As the 2012 Farm Bill process moves forward next month, we are at great
risk of losing what many argue is the most effective natural resource
conservation program in our conservation toolbox.

Since 1985, basic soil and wetland conservation requirements have been
attached to most farm subsidies, including direct commodity payments. One
major farm subsidy program, federal crop insurance, has been exempted from
these conservation requirements since 1996. At that time, crop insurance
was a relatively small program. Now, however, it is the largest farm
program by far and it continues to grow as the centerpiece of the farm
safety net.

The 2012 Farm Bill that is currently being considered in Congress will
accelerate the shift toward a crop insurance-based safety net by
eliminating the direct payment program. The attached letter thanks Senate
Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for reattaching
soil and wetlands conservation requirements to federal crop insurance
premium subsidies in the Senate version of the Farm Bill, and urges her to
work with House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas (R- OK) to ensure that the
provision is included in the final bill.

If we do not close this loophole, crop insurance will continue to
incentivize agricultural production on highly erodible lands and wetlands,
costing taxpayers over $9 billion per year.

Please sign on by filling out the following form: by Friday, August 17th at 10 am and share with
your networks. We would like to limit this letter to organizations,
affiliates, and chapters within Michigan.


Lindsey Scalera
*Michigan Voices for Good Food Policy
*Grassroots Organizer
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*Sign-on to NSAC's Farm Bill Platform*

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

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