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PIA Grassroots Action on Crop Generates 1,000 Letters to Congress

PIA National is conducting a nationwide Grassroots Action to protest the first draft of USDA's Risk Management Agency's Standard Reinsurance Agreement for the federal crop...
January 13, 2010

PIA National is conducting a nationwide Grassroots Action to protest the first draft of USDA's Risk Management Agency's Standard Reinsurance Agreement for the federal crop insurance program. In one week, PIA members from 33 states sent a total of over 1,000 letters to their Representatives and Senators.

The Grassroots Action is to protest the first draft of USDA's Risk Management Agency's Standard Reinsurance Agreement for the federal crop insurance program. RMA (RMA) is proposing an additional $4 billion cut to the crop SRA, on top of the $6.4 billion cuts contained in the 2008 Farm Bill. "This is a threat to our nation's farm safety net and an insult to America's crop insurance agents, all in the middle of one of America's worst economic recessions," said Dan Weber, Chair of the PIA National Crop Insurance Working Group, who asked PIA members - even if they don't sell crop insurance - to contact their members of Congress and object to these proposed cuts.

The deadline for comments on the first draft of the SRA is January 15. PIA National is working with specific senate offices to get them to contact RMA, however we still need PIA members to send letters to Congress.  Click here to send a pre-written, fully-editable letter to Congress asking your representatives to stand up to the White House and USDA/RMA.

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