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PIA Grassroots Alert on Farm Bill Provisions

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to take up the Farm Bill on the Senate floor this week. PIA has sent a Grassroots Action Alert asking...
November 6, 2007

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to take up the Farm Bill on the Senate floor this week. PIA has sent a Grassroots Action Alert asking members to call their Senators. The Farm Bill currently has a number of provisions of specific concern to professional insurance agents. The PIA Grassroots Alert asks you to make two points in your calls and emails:

  1. Please vote "NO" to a proposed amendment by Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) that would give the Farm Credit System broad new expanded powers. There is no need for this increased authority and it goes beyond their chartering as a Government Sponsored Enterprise.
  2. Please support the proposal by Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) to keep the Average Crop Revenue (ACR) subsidy program separate from the crop insurance program. Do not combine disaster assistance with the already-existing crop insurance program. Let crop insurance be the base individual risk management plan.

We appreciate the efforts of the Senate Agriculture Committee to support the prohibition against rebates, discounts, or inducements offered to farmers in the sale of federal crop insurance by repealing the Premium Reduction Plans. It is critical that all participants in the crop insurance program compete in the same fair, equitable and consumer-protective manner. No one should be granted a unique, inequitable marketing advantage.

Contact your Senators by calling their Washington, D.C. office and/or sending an on-line message through PIAs' Grassroots Action Center

To find your Senators' phone numbers go to: http://www.senate.gov. Let us know when you have called your Senators by sending an email to grassroots@pianet.org.

PIA members can make a difference in the future of the crop insurance program. Please act now!

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