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Posted by David
@ 01:38 PM EST
make sure we level the playing field for farmers in America. For too
long the big players have danced around the laws to keep the smaller
producers at a disadvantage. Here's our chance to stop it.
I just received this email from the Center for Rural Affairs.
Do you appreciate the hard work that our family farmers and ranchers do?
If so, please take a few moments of your day this Monday, Tuesday or
Wednesday to call the White House and tell President Obama that you
support the proposed Fair Livestock Competition rule
[PDF] that helps independent farmers and ranchers get a fair price for their hard work. (It's also called the "GIPSA rule".)
On February 14, 15 and 16 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST, hundreds will
participate in “Love the American Farmer and Rancher” call in day
because the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed Fair
Livestock Competition rule would greatly benefit livestock producers
across the country. However, the meatpackers and processors have pushed
back against the rule, spreading false information to protect their
own greedy bottom line. You can help!
- Call 202-456-1111 to reach the White House Comment Line (you may need to call back if the line is busy)
- Share the message below (or something similar)
name is _______ from _________ (city and/or state) calling in support
of USDA’s proposed livestock rule. This rule would level the playing
field for livestock producers. Livestock producers need this rule
finalized to protect them from retaliation and level the playing field.
I encourage USDA to finish and implement the GIPSA proposed rule as
quickly as possible. Thank you."
For more information on issues related to fair competition in livestock, go to www.cfra.org/competition. Thank you for supporting independent livestock farmers and ranchers!
You can also go to the Food and Water Watch website and use their automated form.
Posted by David
@ 07:57 AM EST