Do you favor a tax credit for implementing expensive security measures at your facility? Then now is the time to act to save that credit, says the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) — before the final Farm Bill is ironed out between the House and Senate.
The Agricultural Chemicals Security Act provision (Section 12405) included in the Senate-passed version of the Farm, Nutrition and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (H.R. 2419) provides targeted tax relief for agricultural retailers, distributors, and other eligible agricultural businesses to improve on-site security of their pesticide and fertilizer storage facilities and reduce potential threats from terrorists, drug dealers or other criminals. The proposal is based upon stand-alone legislation, the "Agricultural Business Security Tax Credit Act of 2007" (S. 551 / H.R. 1814).
ARA emphasizes that ag retailers and distributors need to speak up — NOW — with Congress in order to ensure this security tax credit (Ag Chemicals Security Credit in Farm Bill Conference Agreement, H.R. 2419) is enacted to help pay for new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chemical facility security regulations and other federal security requirements that have been imposed on the industry. The Senate and House have begun negotiations on this legislation and could reach an agreement any day now.
Simply click on the link below to customize your letter to your respective members of Congress and explain how implementing expensive security measures at your facilities without a tax credit would negatively impact the services your business is able to provide growers and ranchers. ARA has implemented this grassroots tool to assist you in contacting and communicating on important industry issues with ease.
Once you have sent a letter, you are encouraged to place a follow-up telephone call to your members of Congress via the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121.