Thursday, March 24, 2005

Congress tries to cut sustainable ag programs

Instead of cutting farm subsidies to ag giants, Congress is looking to save money by eliminating funding aimed at sustainable farming. From Roger Doiron of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group:
The Conservation Security Program (CSP) is a promising new federal program that rewards farmers for their conservation efforts.  Its passage in the 2002 Farm Bill represents one of the sustainable agriculture movement’s greatest victories in recent memory.  CSP also happens to be a great program for the Northeast in that, over time, it will become available to all farms including the small, diversified ones that tend to characterize our region.  As it’s a new program, there’s some concern that it offers the easiest target for cuts in the 2006 budget.
It looks to be a promising program, if it's not nipped in the bud.

Your Congressperson (or their diligent staffers, more likely) is only a call away... the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture has made some quick facts about the budget cuts available

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