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I join the California Caucus of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition in urging you to cosponsor the <i>Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2011</i> (H.R. 3236, Walz [D-MN], Fortenberry [R-NE]), and the <i>Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act</i> (H.R. 3286, Pingree [D-ME]).
As the Farm Bill develops we need your leadership to scale back proposed cuts to conservation by protecting current funding levels for the Conservation Stewardship Program and Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
Please fight to maintain or increase funding for programs that have been key to supporting a more diverse, sustainable California agriculture including: ATTRA/National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service; organic farming research and certification assistance programs; and funding for on-farm conservation practices that bring important environmental and health benefits.