Action Alert (Montana): Senate Hearing for Raw Milk Bill HB 574

The raw milk bill made it through the House almost unanimously, but we’re not done yet! We still have to get it through the Senate. Most of the Senators haven’t even heard about the bill, so we have a lot to do in a short time.

The Senate Agriculture Committee hearing for HB 574 is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9 at 3 pm in Room 303. We need your help to educate the Committee members about raw milk before the hearing AND then do a strong push the day of the actual hearing. (See the TWO action items below.)

One of the risks is that the Senate will add amendments that could add costs to the program and kill the bill. So we need to specifically ask them to pass the bill WITHOUT amendments.

Please help us legalize raw milk in Montana!

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Action Alert (Montana): Support Raw Milk Bill HB 574

It is currently illegal for the sale or transfer of raw milk in Montana. The State has even harassed herd shares, where people jointly own animals and drink their own milk.

HB 574 would change this. The bill will allow small-scale farmers who meet specific standards to sell raw milk, as well as recognize people’s right to consume milk from their own animals through herd shares.

Please help us get this bill passed!

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Action Alert (Iowa): Call to Support Raw Milk

We need your help to legalize direct farm-to-consumer sales of raw milk in Iowa!

HSB 131 and SF 77 (The Milk Bill) would legalize sales of raw milk directly from farmers to consumers. Farmers could sell directly to consumers without being licensed by the state as long as they sold only on-farm or through delivery arrangements made directly with the consumer. The bills would NOT allow re-selling or sales at grocery stores or farmers’ markets.

The House Local Government Subcommittee and the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee are holding a Joint Subcommittee hearing on the bills this Wednesday, February 27. If the subcommittees approve it, then it can go the full Committees, possibly the same week.

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Farm Bill 2012 Alerts

The Senate is debating the Farm Bill right now, and there are several amendments that need your calls!

Please call your U.S. Senators as soon as possible about the amendments listed below. If you don’t know who represents you, you can find out at www.senate.gov or call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

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