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MASSIVE PUBLIC COMMENT NEEDED ON 2ND LARGEST CONSERVATION PROGRAM IN HISTORY (2/27/03)

DON�T LET THE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM (EQIP) BECOME A MAJOR SUBSIDY FOR LARGE CONFINED ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATIONS (CAF�S), USING $11.6 BILLION OF OUR TAX DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS.

Industry�s message is being heard loud and clear in Washington - we need you to speak up for family farmers, ranchers, and environmental quality. Please get your comments in soon, March 12 is the deadline. We know that the rulemaking and public comment phase of policy advocacy can be intimidating for folks.

This is where things get complicated. BUT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE AN EXPERT. There are a lot of terrific folks working behind the scenes with incredible expertise to make it easy for organizations and concerned citizens to make their voices count.

Please take just a few minutes to exercise your democratic right to shape policy that truly serves the public interest.

*********** What to do. ***********

Step 1: Go to the National Campaign website EQIP alert where you�ll find background information and short, well-crafted, bulleted action items that you can use in your comments to USDA. http://www.sustainableagriculture.net/eqipAlert.php

Step 2: Don�t let the volume of information intimidate you. Do whatever works to get your comments submitted. You can use all the action items, verbatim. You can paraphrase. You can pick three or four points that matter most to you. Just get your comments in.

Step 3: Send your comments to Mark W. Berkland, Director, Conservation Operations Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Room 5241 Washington, DC 20250-2890 Or to Mark W. Berkland via the internet by going to http://www.nrcs.usda.gov and then submitting comments to FarmBillRules@usda.gov. You can find text of the rule itself at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/farmbill/2002/rules/eqip030210.html

Step 4: Forward this alert to your friends, family and colleagues. You can find a Word formatted, printable copy of this alert at http://www.sustainableagriculture.net/docs/EQIPaction.rtf

Step 5: Please take a minute to send us an e-mail at action@sustainableagriculture.net to let us know what you submitted. THANK YOU! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

National Campaign For Sustainable Agriculture
P.O. Box 396,
Pine Bush, New York 12566
Phone: 845-744-8448 Fax: 845-744-8477
e-mail:campaign@sustainableagriculture.net
http://www.SustainableAgriculture.net

 

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