Spring Hill Farms

  (Newark, Ohio)
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Love Your Farmer? Make a Call Today

PictureLet's 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)
  • "My 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.

 


 

 

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Comments:

Awesome post Dave! I'm sending this on to everyone I know!

Posted by Megan on February 14, 2011 at 08:23 AM EST #

The way we conduct business in this country when it comes to small farmers is, quite frankly, disgraceful. A person should be able to exploit their own resources and sell them at a fair price while behaving ethically under the law. This is food we are talking about. If this does not signal that something is wrong with our capitalist system. I shudder to think what the state of affairs may be like in twenty or thirty years. The small farmer is going extinct, and although I wholeheartedly support this legislation and hope that the President does as well, the fact of the matter is that the market is rigged and the future does not bode well. Ethical causes need better lobbyists.

-Bill Hartman

Posted by bill hartman on February 17, 2011 at 07:11 AM EST #

Bill,

Excellent points. I'm curious about your opening statement. Do you mean the way the farmer is doing business or the way they are forced to do business? Or, am I missing you altogether on this?

David

Posted by David on February 17, 2011 at 07:19 AM EST #

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