Active Action Alerts:
- North Carolina Draft Fracking Rules Comment Period Opens. (July 2014) Earlier this summer, the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) completed the drafting of hydraulic fracturing rules. It is critical that MEC members hear from landowners and other North Carolinians with their thoughts and comments on the draft rules. Comments will be accepted between July 15 and September 15, 2014. If you live in North Carolina, we encourage you to review the draft rules and submit your informed comments.
Expired Action Alerts by Issue Area:
2014 Farm Bill
- Stand Up for Fairness in the Farm Bill (Jan. 10, 2013) The time to fight for the rights of our nation’s independent producers against abuses by large corporations, for common sense, and for long overdue reforms to commodity subsidy programs, is right now. A small group of Senators and Representatives is meeting this week to negotiate a final version of a new farm bill. Big Ag is trying to push through an amendment that would strip farmers and ranchers of basic legal protections against unfair treatment at the hands of large corporations– such as retaliation, where a corporation can bankrupt a farmer for raising a grievance. If Big Ag wins and USDA can’t enforce what’s known as the GIPSA rule, independent meat and poultry producers have no legal protection against outright abuse.
- Save Organics in the Farm Bill (Jan. 9, 2013) A group of senators and representatives is meeting this week to negotiate the final version of a new farm bill. This may be our last chance to make changes that this bill desperately needs in order for a better food and farm future. What’s at stake? Critical assistance for organic farmers through the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. If we don’t act NOW, this program could be completely defunded — stripping farmers of a vital source of support in helping meet growing demand for organic food and to create local jobs.
2013 Farm Bill
- Speak Up for a Fair & Equitable Senate Farm Bill (May 2013) The Farm Bill establishes 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.
Hydraulic Fracturing in North Carolina
- ACTION ALERT: Protect Landowner Rights in North Carolina on August 28 (August 2013)
- 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.
- Ask the North Carolina General Assembly to Uphold Fracking Bill Veto (July 2012)
- Action Alert: Support the Tester Amendment (May 23, 2013)
Last updated July 25, 2014