CEP is sharing this call to action from a partner organization, the Kansas Rural Center. The KRC has been a state and regional leader on a wide range of issues but most certainly on sustainable agriculture and water issues. Please take a moment to read their action alert and to call Senator Moran and Representative Yoder. You can also read more about all of the issues impacted by the funding planning they are debating now.

Call Senator Moran and Rep. Yoder to Support Conservation Funding!  

 Farmers and the environment both benefit from federal conservation programs. 

Farmers count on them to conserve soil for future generations, keep water and air clean, and create habitat for wildlife – all while farming profitably. As one farmer who uses the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) put it to us: “CSP is a great program for farmers to not only be given credit for what they’re doing, but to give them the incentive to do better.”In the short-sighted budget-cutting frenzy of the last two years, Congress slashed conservation programs by over $1.5 billion! Right now,  our legislators are making decisions about next year’s agriculture budget– including conservation – and they need to hear from you! Kansas Senator Moran and Kansas Rep. Yoder serve on the appropriations committees.   

Your action today will protect crucial conservation funding that supports cleaner waterways, habitat for wildlife, and farms that are more sustainable over the long term.Can we count on you to make two brief calls today?  It takes just a moment – please call Kansas Senator Jerry Moran’s office at (202) 224-6521 and Congressman Kevin Yoder’s office at (202) 225-2865, ask to speak with their agriculture appropriations aides, and share a message like this one:

I am a constituent and a voter. (Let them know if you’re a farmer, too!) Please ask Senator Moran (or Congressman Yoder) to protect Farm Bill conservation programs from cuts. Ask him to oppose further cuts in Fiscal Year 2014, and to not limit mandatory funding for Farm Bill conservation programs. We must protect our natural resources and reward farmers for the environmental benefits they produce – please oppose any further cuts to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program, and other Farm Bill conservation programs.”

Stay tuned for more opportunities for action – it’s going to take all of us speaking out loud and clear for sustainable agriculture in the weeks to come.Thank you for all that you do,The Kansas Rural Center and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Grassroots TeamP.S. Looking for more details?  (Click here. )After you call, please tell us how it went by e-mailing us at ksrc@rainbowtel.net   oralerts@sustainableagriculture.net


posted by Kate Van Cantfort, CEP Program Director