Action Alert (Texas): New Tax on Farmers? Just Say No!

Texas Beef Checkoff Dollar Tax

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The Big Beef industry wants to double the tax that cattle owners pay for every sale of their animals. Please help us stop this!

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  • Take Action #1 — Spread the Word
  • Take Action #2 — Be Prepared to Vote
  • Take Action #3 — Call Your Legislators
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  • Under the federal “Checkoff” program, a farmer is already legally required to pay $1 for every cow sold. That may not sound like a lot, but it added up to over $11 million in taxes on Texas farmers and ranchers last year.

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    Action Alert: Defend Your State’s Right to Protect GMO Labeling

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    Do you want to be kept in the dark about your food?

    The biotech companies and Big Food are trying to block your right to know if the food you’re eating contains genetically modified organisms (GMO).

    With their anti-labeling allies such as Monsanto and Dow, the Grocery Manufacturers Association has convinced Congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas to introduce a federal bill, HR 4432, which would:

    • Prevent states from adopting their own GMO labeling laws.
    • Block any attempt by states to make it illegal for food companies to put a “natural” label on products that contain GMO ingredients.
    • Prevent the FDA from requiring companies to label GMO ingredients and instead continue a failed “voluntary” labeling policy.

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    Press Release: Warn of Threats to Farm Economies by Dow’s New GMO Crops

     
    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Judith McGeary, Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance: 254.697.2661; judith@farmandranchfreedom.org
    Paul Towers, Pesticide Action Network: 916.216.1082; ptowers@panna.org
    Lisa Griffith, National Family Farm Coalition, 202.543.5675; lisa@nffc.net
    Anna Ghosh, Food and Water Watch: 415.293.9905; aghosh@fwwatch.org
    Abigail Seiler, Center for Food Safety: 443.854.4368; aseiler@centerforfoodsafety.org
     
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Farmers Warn of Threats to Farm Economies Posed by Dow’s New Genetically Engineered Corn and Soybean Varieties

    USDA Receives Nearly 400,000 Public Comments Opposing Approval of 2,4-D Resistant Crops

     

    AUSTIN, Texas – March 11, 2014 – Today over 387,000 farmers, farmworkers, health professionals, and concerned individuals from across the country joined together in urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reject Dow AgroSciences’ application seeking approval of controversial genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybean varieties that are resistant to the hazardous herbicide 2,4-D.

    In addition, over 800 farmers from across the country petitioned Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to reject the pesticide-promoting seeds, warning that their introduction would directly harm their crops, farm businesses, livelihoods and health.…

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    Organizational Comments on GMO 2,4-D Crops

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    Click here to download the PDF version of these comments.

     

    March 11, 2014

    Submitted online: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=APHIS-2013-0042-0050 (comment period closed, link no longer active)

    Re: Docket No. APHIS-2013-0042

     

    Dear Secretary Vilsack and USDA staff:

    The Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) is a nonprofit organization with members in every state and internationally. WAPF was founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. WAPF is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism.

    The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is a national nonprofit organization with members in 45 states that supports independent family farmers and protects a healthy and productive food supply for American consumers. FARFA promotes common sense policies for local, diversified agricultural systems.

    WAPF and FARFA jointly submit the following comments on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Dow AgroSciences’ petition to deregulate 2,4-D Resistant Corn and Soybean Varieties.…

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    Organizational Comments on GMO Crop Co-Existence

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    Click here to download the PDF version of these comments.

     

    March 4, 2014

    Submitted online: www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=APHIS-2013-0047-0061 (comment period closed, link no longer active)

    Re: Docket No. APHIS-2013-0047

     

    Dear Secretary Vilsack and USDA staff:

    The Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) is a nonprofit organization with members in every state and internationally. WAPF was founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. WAPF is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism.

    The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is a national nonprofit organization with members in 45 states that supports independent family farmers and protects a healthy and productive food supply for American consumers. FARFA promotes common sense policies for local, diversified agricultural systems.

    WAPF and FARFA jointly submit the following comments on the issue of coexistence.…

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    Visit us at the WAPF Conference in Houston: March 29-30, 2014

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    Wise Traditions Regional Conference: Health, Nutrition, and Food

    presented by the Weston A. Price Foundation
    March 29-30, 2014 in Houston, Texas
    Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport

    The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance will be exhibiting at the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) Wise Traditions Regional Conference in Houston next month.

    We hope to see you at this exciting conference! The exhibit hall is even open to the public for free.

    The Wise Traditions Regional Conference offers a rare opportunity to learn about delicious, nutrient-dense foods and the ways in which they influence your well-being from some of the top speakers in the fields of traditional nutrition and health.

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    3rd Annual Vaca y Vino in Wimberley, TX: April 6, 2014

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    Lamberts Downtown Barbecue presents
    3rd Annual VACA y VINO
    at The Bridges Ranch in Wimberley, Texas
    Sunday, April 6, 2014
    1:00 – 6:00 PM

    An Argentine-inspired celebration of beef, wine, music, the outdoors, and our South American roots. Join us as we roast an entire 1,200-lb steer, Argentine-style, sip fine Argentine wines and locally crafted beers, and enjoy live music in the pristine Texas Hill Country.

    WEBSITE: www.vacayvino.com
    TICKET LINK: Available soon! “Like” the official Vaca y Vino Facebook page to receive updates.

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    Texas 2014 Election Endorsements

     
    The Texas Primary Elections are coming up in just a few days! Early voting begins this Tuesday, February 18, and runs through February 28. Election Day is on March 4.

    In the 2014 primary elections in Texas, the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) endorses the following candidates based on their positions on food and agricultural issues, as well as closely related issues such as water rights and use. FARFA’s endorsement does not constitute an endorsement of the candidates’ positions on other issues.
     

    Texas Democratic primaries:

    Texas Republican primaries:

    Click here for more information on the candidates.

    These endorsements are for contested primaries only. FARFA also recognizes Texas legislators who have been champions on our issues, but who are not facing challengers in their primaries.

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    Action Alert: Tell USDA to Put GMO Contamination Burden Where It Belongs

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    It’s a fact: farmers’ crops have been contaminated with genetically engineered organisms, also known as GMOs. And as long as the U.S. allows GMOs to be planted, this will continue and likely increase.

    Farmers who don’t want to grow GMO crops face significant burdens. To protect their crops, farmers must establish wide buffer zones, losing the use of significant amounts of land. They spend time and extra money to find non-GMO seeds. And if they are contaminated despite their efforts, they lose sales in organic and non-GMO markets.

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