Letter Conveys Manager's Amendment Support

The NCC joined with 33 other organizations on a letter to Senators conveying their support for the manager's amendment offered in the farm bill by Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee Chairwoman Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member Cochran (R-MS) -- saying it will provide an effective farm and natural resource safety net.

Published: May 21, 2013
Updated: June 11, 2013

Individually addressed to each Senator

May 21, 2013

The Honorable Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
328-A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chairwoman Stabenow:

Last week, we all reached a milestone during consideration of the 2013 Farm Bill by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. A historic compromise, bringing together agriculture, conservation, environmental and crop insurance groups, passed the Committee with bipartisan support.

The 34 undersigned organizations support the agreement offered in the Manager's Amendment by Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) to provide an effective farm and natural resource safety net.The agreement links conservation compliance with crop insurance premium assistance and opposes means testing, payment limitations or premium subsidy reductions for the crop insurance program.

In the spirit of compromise and in the interest of completing a 2013 Farm Bill this year, each of the undersigned groups has committed to oppose amendments on the Senate floor that might weaken the crop insurance program or amendments that might not link conservation compliance with crop insurance premium assistance.

We would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you or your staff to review the agreement or answer any questions.We ask that you join us in opposing any amendments that might weaken the agreement adopted by the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Sincerely,

American Association of Crop Insurers

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Farmland Trust

American Society of Agronomy

American Soybean Association

American Sugar Alliance

Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Audubon

Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau

Crop Science Society of America

Ducks Unlimited

Environmental Defense Fund

Land Improvement Contractors of America

National Association of State Conservation Agencies

National Association of Conservation Districts

National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils

National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative

National Conservation District Employees Association

National Corn Growers Association

National Cotton Council

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

National Farmers Union

National Wildlife Federation

Pheasants Forever

Pollinator Partnership

Quail Forever

Soil and Water Conservation Society

Soil Science Society of America  

Southern Peanut Farmers Federation

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

The Nature Conservancy

USA Rice Federation

Wildlife Mississippi

World Wildlife Fund