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E-M:/ Farm Bill and Michigan's Senators
- Subject: E-M:/ Farm Bill and Michigan's Senators
- From: "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 05 Nov 2007 20:16:17 -0500
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- List-name: Enviro-Mich
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From: "MLUI" <email@example.com>
Subject: Please help us make farming history!
Dear friend of farming,
We try not to bother you with extra emails unless it?s really
important?and, believe me, this one really is important!
In fact, you can help change the course of food and farm history by
responding. We?re asking you to make a phone call, send a fax, or shoot
an email to Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin sometime in the next
few hours?if at all possible by sometime tomorrow (Tuesday)
Here?s why: Senators Stabenow and Levin will vote as early as tomorrow
morning on whether to put a $250,000 lid on the amount of subsidy
that any one farm can receive in a year from U.S. taxpayers.
Calls from Michigan residents now will help ensure that our
senators cast decisive votes in favor of this important payment
limitation, which would: 1) Put some fairness into farm subsidies and 2)
free up an estimated $1 billion for programs that help beginning farmers
build their businesses and support conservation, nutritional education,
rural development, and anti-hunger efforts.
These programs are especially important in Michigan, where smaller farms
are building new opportunities to sell their fresh, local foods to local
markets. Those growers need help getting into those markets, and
communities need the healthier food options those growers offer. So
amending the bill will help both our farms and our communities.
The subsidy limitation comes before Senators Stabenow and Levin on the
Senate floor tomorrow or Wednesday; it?s a bipartisan amendment to the
Farm Bill from Senator Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) and Senator Chuck
Putting a reasonable $250,000 cap on subsidies to individual farms will
help many good things happen in Michigan?from putting more nutritious
food in school cafeterias to generating much more local business for
farms, to making sure more farmers hold onto their land and protect it
from sprawling development and the air and water pollution sprawl causes.
So, please pick up the phone and call our senators now. Your voice really
Senator Debbie Stabenow
Phone: 202-224-4822. Fax: 202-228-0325.
Email from Web:
Senator Carl Levin
Phone: 202-224-6221. Fax: (202)224-1388.
Email from Web site:
There?s more information about the Dorgan Grassley amendment listed
We also invite you to enjoy a fine read full of great information?famed
author Michael Pollan?s opinion piece from Sunday?s New York Times,
which offers a big-picture look at this historic Farm Bill moment.
Thanks so much for checking this out and, if at all possible,
corresponding with Senators Stabenow and Levin. Please tell them to
support the Dorgan-Grassley Farm Program Payment Limitation Reform
Many people are working hard to change how America farms, and the
Institute?s Entrepreneurial Agriculture Program is a leader in that
effort in Michigan. Passing this cap would provide a big and important
boost to our ongoing campaign to build rural prosperity, protect our
land, and make our communities healthier.
Thanks for supporting our work with your message to our
Patty Cantrell, Director
Entrepreneurial Agriculture Project
Michigan Land Use Institute
Now here?s precise information on the Dorgan-Grassley Farm Program
Payment Limitation Reform Amendment. It would:
Limit annual per-farm commodity subsidy payments to $250,000.
The amendment would establish effective caps of $40,000 on direct (fixed)
payments, $60,000 on counter cyclical (and crop revenue) payments, and
$150,000 on loan deficiency payments and marketing loan gains, including
gains on generic certificates and forfeited commodities. The combined
limit would be $250,000. All payments would count toward an individual?s
limit, whether received directly or through a corporation or other type
of entity. All payments to all beneficial interests in an entity would be
subject to payment limitations, making it far more difficult to create
"paper" farms for the purposes of exceeding the limits.
Ensure that payments flow to working farmers. Current law attempts
to target payments to working farmers, but fails miserably in doing so.
The amendment improves the "measurable standard" by which USDA
determines who should and should not receive farm payments. It requires
that management be personally provided on a regular, substantial, and
continuous basis through direct supervision and direction of farming
activities and labor and on-site services. The combined labor and
management standard is 1,000 hours annually or 50% of the commensurate
share of the required labor and management. Landowners who share rent
land to an actively-engaged producer remain exempt from the
"actively engaged" rules provided their payments are
commensurate to their risk in the crop produced.
Re-invest in high priority programs. Savings from the amendment
are re-invested in programs to support minority and beginning farmers,
rural economic development, conservation, and nutrition and anti-hunger
efforts. These programs received no funding or insufficient funding in
the Farm Bill just reported by the Senate Agriculture Committee to the
floor of the Senate for a final vote.
Alex J. Sagady & Associates
Environmental Enforcement, Permit/Technical Review, Public Policy,
Expert Witness Review and Litigation Investigation on Air, Water and
Waste/Community Environmental and Resource Protection
657 Spartan Avenue, East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 332-6971; (517) 332-8987 (fax); firstname.lastname@example.org