NFU, Coalition Urge Congress to Pass New Farm Bill04 July 2013
US - National Farmers Union (NFU) and a broad coalition of 532 agriculture, conservation, rural development, finance, forestry, energy and crop insurance companies and organizations sent a letter to the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, urging for the passage of a comprehensive, five-year farm bill before the current law expires on 30 September.
"This important legislation supports our nation’s farmers, ranchers, forest owners, food security, natural resources and wildlife habitats, rural communities, and the 16 million Americans whose jobs directly depend on the agriculture industry," the letter stated.
The letter also noted the importance of maintaining a unified bill to include both farm and nutrition programs.
"Farm bills represent a delicate balance between America’s farm, nutrition, conservation, and other priorities, and accordingly require strong bipartisan support," the coalition wrote. "It is vital for the House to try once again to bring together a broad coalition of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to provide certainty for farmers, rural America, the environment and our economy in general and pass a five-year farm bill upon returning in July."
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