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WASHINGTON—The 2012 Farm Bill is “an opportunity to address our nation’s broken and outdated agricultural policies” said leaders of four national Catholic organizations, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in a March 6 letter to the leaders of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
“We ask that you support a Farm Bill that provides for poor and hungry people both at home and abroad, offers effective support for those who grow our food, ensures fairness to family farmers and ranchers, and promotes stewardship of the land,” wrote Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, California; Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa; Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), Carolyn Woo, president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and James F. Ennis, executive director of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference.
“We also urge that this Farm Bill target limited resources, such as subsidies and direct payments, to those farmers and ranchers who truly need assistance to be competitive and successful,” they wrote.
Bishops Blaire and Pates chair the USCCB Committee of Domestic Justice and Human Development and the Committee on International Justice and Peace, respectively.
The full letter is available online: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/agriculture/upload/Joint-Letter-to-Senate-on-Farm-Bill-2012-03-06.pdf
Keywords: 2012 Farm Bill, U.S. Senate, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Senator Pat Roberts, Bishop Stephen Blaire, Bishop Richard Pates, Father Larry Snyder, Catholic Charities USA, CCUSA, Carolyn Woo, Catholic Relief Services, CRS, James F. Ennis, National Catholic Rural Life Conference
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