Expired Action Alerts by Issue Area:
- Speak Up for a Fair & Equitable Senate Farm Bill (May 2013) The Farm Bill established the policies and federal funding levels for agriculture, agricultural research, nutrition programs, rural economic development program, and more. In 2012, Congress failed to pass a bill to replace the 2008 Farm Bill. A lot is at stake and your voice does make a difference. Update: The Senate Farm Bill passed on June 10, 2013. The House of Representatives will now consider their version of the Farm Bill.
- Ask Congress to Reinvigorate Classical Breeding! (May 2013) Montana Senator Jon Tester has introduced an amendment (#972) to the 2013 Senate Farm Bill that aims to reinvigorate classical plant breeding and public cultivar development. This amendment would clarify and hone the definition of classical/conventional seed breeding to remove the hurdles that have hindered USDA’s efforts in funding and supporting classical breeding projects. Read our recent press release regarding this amendment: More than 100 groups urged Congress to support Tester Amendment in 2013 Farm Bill. Update: Amendment 972 to Senate Farm Bill was not considered.
- GIPSA Rider Action Alert (March 2013) This action alert was issued in response to a harmful riders included in the Continuing Resolution. The rider eliminates the GIPSA rule, a provision that provides contract growers access to fair contracts. Update: Unfortunately, on March 19, 2013, the Senate voted to move forward on the Continuing Resolution without allowing a vote on the two Tester amendments that would strike the GIPSA and biotech riders. This “cloture vote” means the Continuing Resolution will move forward for a vote WITHOUT the Tester amendments and WITH biotech riders and GIPSA riders included. We remain hopeful that an amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill will be filed in response.
- S127 in session. Call now to stop the rush to frack! (July 25, 2013) Update: In a last minute attempt to rush fracking permits, a provision was included in SB 127 that would have lifted the moratorium in 2015. This bill ultimately did not make the House floor for a vote.
- Oppose Senate Bill 76 : “Fracking” in North Carolina (February 2013) Senate Bill 76, a proposal to quickly lift the statewide moratorium on “fracking” was introduced Feb. 11, 2013 in the North Carolina Senate. Senate Bill 76 passed by a 38-10 vote on Feb. 27, 2013 in the Senate. Update: The house ultimately passed SB 76, but the final bill, signed by the governor on July 29, 2013, did not lift the moratorium on fracking permits, did not authorize deep injection wells, and did not remove the requirement for landmen to register with the state. In a last minute attempt to rush fracking permits, a provision was included in SB 127 that would have lifted the moratorium in 2015. This bill ultimately did not make the House floor for a vote.
- Action Alert: Support the Tester Amendment (May 23, 2013)
2013 Farm Bill
Hydraulic Fracturing in North Carolina
Last updated September 26, 2013