Contact Your Congressional Delegation On These TWO Important IAC Issues

June 19, 2013

STOP ALL EFFORTS TO BAN HORSE SLAUGHTER

Congress will vote tomorrow, June 20, 2013, on the Horse Slaughter issue. The IAC (along with 84 member tribes – representing 18 states) request Tribes and individuals contact their respective Senators & House Representative to inform them that “Horses are livestock, and as producers, we should have the same market opportunities available to producers of other classes of livestock.” Click here to contact your Representatives and here to contact your Senators.

AMERICAN INDIAN FOODS – MARKET ACCESS PROGRAM FUNDING THREATENED

American Indian Foods (AIF) – a program of the Intertribal Agriculture Council; needs your immediate support!! Rep Steve Chabot (R-OH) has submitted amendments to the upcoming 2013 Farm Bill to eliminate funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) programs respectively.

The MAP program specifically funds the AIF Program and is administered through USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS); these funds allow the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) to address the different aspects of export market development for our American Indian Food producers. The MAP and FMD programs bring together non-profit U.S. agricultural trade associations, farmer cooperatives, non-profit state-regional trade groups, small businesses, the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) and USDA to develop and provide for the costs of implementing and supporting U.S. and Native America’s agricultural industry’s international development & marketing.

I urge you immediately to contact your US Senators and Congressmen to maintain funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) export programs and defeat the two amendments (43 and 60) submitted by Rep. Steve Chabot and to continue to support and maintain funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) export programs every time the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry considers reauthorization of a new Farm Bill.

Impacts USDA’s FMD and MAP programs have had on U.S. agricultural exports and thus on the overall economy since 2002.
·         For every additional $1 expended by government and industry on market development during the 2002-2009, U.S. food and agricultural exports increased by $35, a 35 to 1 return on investment.
·         U.S. domestic farm support payments were reduced by roughly $54 million annually due to higher prices from increased demand abroad, thus reducing the net cost of farm programs.
·         U.S. export market share increased by over 1.3 percent which resulted in an additional $6.1 billion agricultural sales. 

These TWO important issues need your attention! 

Click here to contact your Representatives and here to contact your Senators.