Encourage your Representative to Support Agricultural Research in FY20

March 13, 2019

Dear ESA members,


The Situation
U.S. House Representatives Rodney Davis (R-IL), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) are circulating a FY2020 "Dear Colleague" letter in support of robust funding for USDA NIFA and USDA-NIFA-AFRI. Letters of this type are circulated by members of Congress to encourage their Congressional colleagues to support legislative priorities. In this case, that intention aligns with one of ESA's legislative priorities -- sufficient funding for agricultural research. Specifically, they are calling for their colleagues to support the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA), citing the important advances that innovation in the agricultural sector have played in doubling U.S. output since 1948. You can read the full draft letter here.

As of the timing of this announcement, the following 39 Representatives have signed the letter: Abraham, Ralph (R-LA-05); Baird, Jim (R-IN-04); Brindisi, Anthony (D-NY-22); Bustos, Cheri (D-IL-17); Carbajal, Salud (D-CA-24); Cicilline, David (D-RI-01); Craig, Angie (D-MN-02); Davis, Rodney (R-IL-13); DeFazio, Peter (D-OR-04); DelBene, Suzan (D-WA-01); Dunn, Neal (R-FL-02); Finkenauer, Abby (D-IA-01); Garamendi, John (D-CA-03); Golden, Jared (D-ME-02); Gonzalez, Anthony (R-OH-16); Guest, Michael (R-MS-03); Hastings, Alcee (D-FL-20); Heck, Denny (D-WA-10); Hollingsworth, Trey (R-IN-09); Johnson, Dusty (R-SD-00); Kelly, Robin (D-IL-02); Larsen, Rick (D-WA-02); Loebsack, Dave (D-IA-02); Lowenthal, Alan (D-CA-47); Maloney, Sean (D-NY-18); McGovern, Jim (D-MA-02); McMorris Rodgers, Cathy (R-WA-5); Morelle, Joseph (D-NY-25); Neguse, Joe (D-CO-2); Panetta, Jimmy (D-CA-20); Peterson, Collin (D-MN-07); Pingree, Chellie (D-ME-01); Plaskett, Stacey (D-VI-01); Rouzer, David (R-NC-07); Smith, Adam (D-WA-9); Stivers, Steve (R-OH-15); Thompson, G.T. (R-PA-15); Welch, Peter (D-VT-AL); Yoho, Ted (R-FL-03).

If your Congressional Representative is not a current co-signer and you support agricultural research, please use the sample text below to email your legislator and encourage them to sign.

Sample Email (find your Congressperson's contact information here)

Dear (Representative),

I am a member of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) and (reside/work) in the District you represent. I am writing today to encourage you to sign a Dear Colleague currently being circulated by your colleagues, U.S. House Representatives Rodney Davis (R-IL), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA). The letter supports USDA-NIFA, a main federal agency that encourages agricultural innovation, funded in part through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). 

Agriculture and entomology are important and co-dependent disciplines. Agricultural research and innovation is how we will need to address the looming crises that will face us in the decades to come as the world's population continues to expand and pests, disease, market volatility, and other factors pose threats to the nation's food supply.

If you support securing the nation's food supply, please contact Janie Costa with Representative Rodney Davis at (Janie.Costa@mail.house.gov), Shantanu Tata with Representative Suzan DelBene at (shantanu.tata@mail.house.gov), or Matt Manning (Matthew.Manning@mail.house.gov) by COB March 29th. Thanks for your consideration.


(insert your name and contact information here)

When you send your email, please consider copying ESA HQ (cstelzig@entsoc.org) so that we can later thank your Representative if they sign the letter.