ACTION ALERT: Make Your Voice Heard to Stop Cuts to Farm Ownership Loans

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The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee will soon release its proposed budget for the next fiscal year. Cuts are likely to be deep across the board, but one of the hardest hit areas may be the Agriculture Subcommittee.

Urge your senator to protect funding for Farm Service Agency direct farm lending programs, especially the farm ownership loans.

This is a crucial source of credit for beginning farmers who have difficulty obtaining credit from commercial sources. After being drastically cut in last year's budget, direct farm lending programs are again being threatened. Beginning farmers need access to affordable credit for the purchase of land, livestock and equipment as well as annual operating expenses, and without adequate funding, these resources will be hard to come by.

Ask your senators to submit funding requests for Farm Service Agency direct farm ownership loans at the program level of $600 million and direct farm operating loans aat program level of $1.05 billion.

If one of your senators sits on the Agricultural Appropriations subcommittee, your voice is even more important. Members of the subcommittee include:

Sen. Herb Kohl (Chairman) (WI)
Sen. Tom Harkin (IA)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA)
Sen. Tim Johnson (SD)
Sen. Ben Nelson (NE)
Sen. Mark Pryor (AR)
Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH)
Sen. Roy Blunt (Ranking Member) (MO)
Sen. Thad Cochran (MS)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (KY)
Sen. Susan Collins (ME)
Sen. Jerry Moran (KS)
Sen. John Hoeven (ND)

The Senate will stop considering program funding requests on May 27, 2011. Make your voice heard today. Visit or CLICK HERE to tell your senators that beginning farmers and ranchers should not be asked to do more than their fair share to reduce the budget deficit.

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