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Farm Bill Letters to the Editor

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Check out these sample letters to the editor, personalize them and submit them to your local newspaper to spread the word about the importance of the farm bill where you live!

Letters to the editor should generally be 200 to 250 words in length. The following three examples are all shorter than that so you can add in your own information:

Farm bill: Conservation funding 
The limited farm bill extension that was included in the fiscal cliff agreement will expire in September. Congress must not wait until the last minute to pass a full five-year farm bill.

Congress needs to tighten its belt, but budget cuts must be done wisely. Any farm bill must continue to support conservation programs that restore and conserve important wildlife habitat. The conservation programs in the farm bill also help reduce erosion, keeping our water clean and suitable for drinking, swimming and fishing. 

Farm bill conservation programs benefit outdoor recreation by maintaining wildlife populations for hunters, viewers and other outdoor enthusiasts. The outdoor sporting community is a major economic driver for our nation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported that hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers spent $145 billion on wildlife-related recreation in 2011.  

I strongly urge the editorial board and readers of [newspaper’s name] to join me in telling Congress that farm bill conservation programs are important to [state].

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Farm bill: Sodsaver

Congress needs to pass a full five-year farm bill as soon as possible – but they also need to fix some unintended consequences of agriculture policy.

Current farm bill policy provides subsidies and incentives to plow up native grassland, even if the land is unlikely to produce good crops. This has contributed to the loss of more than 70 percent of the nation’s native prairie. Conversion of native grasslands reduces available grazing lands, increases soil erosion and destroys critical habitat for waterfowl, pheasants and many other wildlife species important to local recreation economies. Once this 1,000-year-old habitat is lost, it is virtually impossible to restore, at any cost or effort.

Our country is still experiencing a drought that ranks among the worst in our history. Grasslands and wetlands help prevent us from reliving the dust storms of the 1930s. The new farm bill needs a national Sodsaver program that gives farmers incentive to conserve grassland, not destroy it, at the taxpayers’ expense. 

Tell Congress to protect what little is left of America’s remaining native prairie.

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Farm bill: Incentives to conserve wetlands and soil
In exchange for public support of farm bill commodity programs, producers have agreed to farm the most productive lands while minimizing impacts to wetlands and highly erodible soils. This long-standing agreement between farmers and taxpayers has worked well for nearly 30 years, but is now in jeopardy.

Crop insurance is one of the most important safety nets for farmers.  But, unlike commodity programs, federal crop insurance doesn’t currently require farmers to implement basic conservation measures. Without this linkage, our nation could experience massive wetland drainage and a return to the Dust Bowl days. 

According to the U.S Dept. of Agriculture, 7 to 14 million acres of highly erodible lands, and up to 3.3 million acres of wetlands, are at risk of conversion if there is no incentive to protect them. These resources maintain our air quality, ensure water quality and quantity, protect against flooding, and provide valuable habitat for wildlife and waterfowl. 

Crop insurance is fundamental for farmers, just as wetlands are to wildlife and humans. It is reasonable to expect our soils and wetlands to be protected in exchange for the public’s subsidy of crop insurance. Tell Congress to support the taxpayers’ interest and re-link conservation compliance to crop insurance in the 2013 Farm Bill.

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