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NFU Outlines Priorities as Farm Bill Deadline Nears

12 August 2013

US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson sent a letter on 8 August to leadership of the US Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Agriculture, emphasizing the importance of signing a five-year, comprehensive farm bill into law prior to the 30 September expiration of the current law.

"The year is quickly coming to a close, and there is still much work to be done," said Mr Johnson. "With only nine legislative days in the month of September, it is critical that a full farm bill conference committee be appointed as soon as possible so that members can begin their work on a compromise in time for final passage by both legislative bodies and the president’s signature.

In the letter, NFU highlights the need for a strong safety net in times of market collapse or natural disaster, mandatory funding for energy title programs, support for fair and competitive markets, conservation compliance, permanent farm bill law, funding for beginning farmer programs, and inclusion of a nutrition title.

"I urge House leadership to name its conference committee members as soon as possible so that we do not run out of time," said Mr Johnson. "America’s family farmers, ranchers and hungry families simply cannot afford the uncertainty that currently exists due to a lack of congressional action."

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