Sorry for the excessive Farm Bill emails lately - this is just an urgent
matter. So, if any of you SF Living Food Enthusiasts can make a quick phone
call and pass this message on, it would be much appreciated! The US food
system and thus all of us could benefit from this effort.
The American Farmland Trust just reported to me that Senator Boxer REALLY
needs to hear from folks NOW to know that we support the Dorgan-Grassley
amendment to the Farm Bill. Apparently, she is still wavering on whether
or not to support it, and receiving phone calls now will make all the
difference in her decision!
So please please do give her a call! If it's busy, please just wait a few
minutes and try back again. If you already called, or once you've called,
please forward this to everyone you know. It's quick and you can feel good
about the effort, knowing you are helping to fix our food system. Even if
it takes awhile to see the changes. ;)
Senator Barbara Boxer Phone: 202-224-3553
The Dorgan-Grassley amendment would cap commodity payments at $250,000 and
close the loop holes that allow mega-operations to collect mega-payments.
Below is a list of programs that the savings from these limits would be
What to say: "I am _____ from _____. I am calling to ask that you vote yes
on the Dorgan Grassley payment limits amendment.
*$1.15 billion in savings over the life of the bill w/ savings directed
● Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program ($60 million)
● Beginning Farmer and Rancher Individual Development Account Program ($20
● Pigford black farmer lawsuit settlement with USDA ($100 million)
● Rural Micro enterprise Assistance Program ($40 million)
● Farmers Market Promotion Program ($15 million)
● Organic Certification Cost Share Program ($3 million)
● Community Food Grants ($50 million)
● Grasslands Reserve Program (approximately $50 million)
● Farmland Protection Program (approximately $50 million)
● Emergency Food Assistance Program (approximately $370 million)
● Food Stamp Benefit Enhancements (approximately $400 million)
Also, more Farm Bill news, if you want...
As always, if you want off this Farm Bill update list, let me know.
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From: Heather Fenney < heather@...
Date: Nov 6, 2007 11:48 AM
Subject: [CFJC] And they're off.....
The Senate started opening remarks on the Farm Bill Monday afternoon and is
to continue debating the bill on and off over the next week (or two!).
Amendments could start as early as this afternoon. The roar for reform from
the grassroots has been deafening - now its time to see if our Senators
it. For those interested in watching how it all goes down, here are some
Read a Blow by Blow: Dan Owens from the Center for Rural Affairs is
the debate on the floor and will be offering updates and analysis every few
hours check out his blog at http://www.cfra.org/blog
Watch it Live: C-Span webcasts the Senate and House floor live. You can
or listen all day long at
Farm Bill In the News
Senate leader praises farm bill that draws foes of all stripes
Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Veto of Senate farm bill threatened: The $288-billion measure would boost
spending for conservation but continue crop subsidies as farm incomes hit
By Nicole Gaouette, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
November 6, 2007
California Food and Justice Coalition c/o CFSC
P.O. Box 209, Venice, CA 90294
The California Food and Justice Coalition is a statewide membership
coalition committed to the basic human right to healthy food while advancing
social, agricultural and environmental justice. We are partners of the
national Community Food Security Coalition, and collaborate with
community-based efforts in California working to create a socially just,
ecologically and economically sustainable food supply. We envision a
California food system in which all activities, from farm to table, are
equitable, healthful, sustainable, and community-driven.
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