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Senate Amendments to the Farm Bill: The Good and The Bad

by Josh Vincent — last modified Jun 07, 2012 07:00 PM

What you should know about several forthcoming Food and Farm Bill amendments.

The Good

Soon, Senators Coburn (R-OK) and Durbin (D-IL) will introduce an amendment that for the first time limits crop insurance subsidies for the wealthiest farmers, and Senator Cardin (D-MD) will introduce an amendment that reattaches basic conservation requirements to crop insurance, as was the case until 1996.  Please support these two efforts. 


The Bad

Mike Johanns
(R-NE) has introduced an amendment that would revive the so called Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act. This failed bill from last year aims to eliminate Clean Water Act permitting requirements for pesticide applications. Please oppose this effort.

Click Here for Background Information

Click Here for Full Text of the Amendment


Tell your Senators: 

Please support the Coburn-Durbin amendment, which places long-overdue limits on crop insurance subsidies -- America’s largest farm subsidy – and builds on the current reforms that cap commodity payments in the farm bill. 

Please support the Cardin amendment on conservation compliance, which reattaches important conservation requirements to crop insurance, as it was until 1996.

Please oppose the Johanns amendment which would increase pesticide pollution and eliminate crucial environmental protections outlined within the Clean Water Act.

Oregon
Sen. Ron Wyden
Sen. Jeff Merkley
(202) 224-3753

Idaho
Sen. Mike Crapo
(202) 224-6142

Sen. James E. Risch
(202) 224-2752

Washington
Sen. Maria Cantwell
(202) 224-3441

Sen. Patty Murray
(202) 224-2621

California
Sen. Barbara Boxer
(202) 224-3553

Sen. Diane Feinstein
(202) 224-3841

Montana
Sen. Max Baucus
(202) 224-2651

Sen. Jon Tester
(202) 224-2644