Urge your Representative to oppose drastic cuts to hunger programs and to support hungry people, promote stewardship of creation, assist small family farmers, and help rural America thrive!
• Domestic Hunger and Nutrition: The House bill includes over $20 billion in cuts to SNAP. These cuts should be rejected as should provisions banning certain groups of people from SNAP (food stamps). With continued high unemployment, Congress should support access to adequate and nutritious food for those in need and oppose attempts to weaken or restructure programs such as SNAP.
• International Food Security and Development: The Food for Peace program saves people’s lives in times of dire emergencies and combats chronic hunger in poor communities around the world. Support the Royce-Engel Amendment, and any other Food for Peace reforms that give aid workers more flexibility to employ interventions best suited to local conditions and replace monetization, and oppose any amendments that cut funding for the program.
• Farm Subsidies: It is important to continue reasonable support for our commodity and dairy farmers; however, given current high commodity prices and federal budget constraints, agricultural subsidies and direct payments can be reduced overall and targeted to small and moderate-sized farms, especially minority owned-farms. The House should support a cap on subsidies for crop insurance premiums to benefit small to medium-sized farmers over wealthier and larger producers. Government resources should assist those who truly need assistance and support those who comply with environmentally sound and sustainable farming practices.
• Conservation and Stewardship: Support full funding for conservation initiatives that promote stewardship of the land and environmentally sound agriculture practices. These programs provide technical assistance and financial incentives for farmers and ranchers to adopt practices aimed at fostering healthy, productive and non-eroding soils, clean air and water, energy savings and wildlife habitats.
• Rural Development: Rural communities and small towns are the backbone of the social and economic life of America. Effective policies and programs are needed to encourage rural development and promote the culture and well-being of these communities.