Call your Senator today to tell him/her that these programs are critical for young and beginning farmers.
What kind of cuts are we talking about?
-$1 billion from USDA conservation programs, on top of the $500 million that was cut in May. These programs include:
*Conservation Stewardship Program ($171 million)
*Environmental Quality Incentives Program ($350 million)
*Wetlands Reserve Program (less 64,200 acres)
*Grasslands Reserve Program (less 96,000 acres)
*Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program ($50 million)
*Wildlife Habitat Incentives Progarm ($35 million)
*Natural Resources Conservation Service Budget ($128 million).
-Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education would be cut by $47 million
-The end of the USDA’s popular “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” program.
-$685 million from the Women, Infant and Children feeding program, which is estimated to remove 200,000 women and children from the program in 2012
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