click your bit for dairy farmers

posted April 12, 2010

seriously. There are about 800 of you reading this posting today.

If those of you who are not in the middle of planting a field could please  click over to Farm Aid and help them make this comment campaign a success?
The farmers among us are STRAPPED hustling to plant in between deluges of rain. So we need all computer hands on deck.

Here is Farm Aid’s Message to you:

Family farmers are some of the hardest-working people I know. Too many of them know what it’s like to risk their land, their homes, and their livelihood, and nobody is more dedicated to doing whatever it takes to succeed. But sometimes hard work isn’t enough to survive, and that’s when family farmers turn to Farm Aid.

Right now dairy farmers are looking to Farm Aid to speak out for them, and I’m asking you to stand with us. The USDA is asking for public comments as it decides what to do about the dairy crisis — send a message right now and tell them farmers need a fair price for their milk.

The crisis facing dairy farmers isn’t new. In fact, Farm Aid has been working with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to save these farmers for over a year now, and thousands of Farm Aid supporters like you have already spoken out. We know the USDA is listening — and we need you to speak up now.

Even if you’ve already contacted them about this issue, take a moment right now to send them this message: family dairy farmers across the country are on the brink of disaster, and they need our help.

The good news is our efforts are starting to work, and the USDA has set up an advisory committee to review the crisis facing dairy farmers. Even better, they’re collecting comments from people like you and me until April 15. But this long process has already cost too many families the farms and homes they spent a lifetime building.

Because the price for milk has been driven so low, family farmers have lost upwards of $200 a month for every cow on their farms. It seems like the harder they work, the more they fall behind. And once these family dairy farmers are gone, they’re most likely gone forever. I won’t stand for that, and I hope you won’t, either. Click here to do something about it now.

Secretary Vilsack has established a Dairy Industry Advisory Committee to review price instability in dairy. These are the people who can determine whether farmers get a fair price for milk — and whether they can stay in business at all. If we don’t speak up now, and if the Advisory Committee doesn’t act fast, thousands of family dairy farmers could lose everything.

Please, click here to urge the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee to take immediate action to save family dairy farmers. And don’t worry, we’ve made it easy and started the letter for you — you can add your own thoughts if you like as well.