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NFU: Farm Bill Mark-up Recommendations

by 5m Editor
25 April 2012, at 8:20am

US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson sent a letter to US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, and Ranking Member Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, yesterday, praising their work on the 2012 Farm Bill while also urging them to strengthen certain programs within the legislation.

“The draft legislation put forth by Sens. Stabenow and Roberts provides for strengthened crop insurance programs and simplified protection options for farmers against yield losses through the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program,” said Mr Johnson. “ARC has promise as an effective safety net program and will better ensure that only farmers who need assistance will benefit from the program.”

In the letter, Mr Johnson thanked committee leadership for including livestock health and disaster programs, and offered support for amendments to adopt prohibitions on packer ownership of livestock, along with other market reforms. Mr Johnson also called for more funding for energy programs.

“We strongly urge the committee to included the amendment by Sens. Kent Conrad, D-North Dakota, and Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, which provides $800 million in mandatory funding for core energy programs,” said Mr Johnson. “These programs are critical for rural development and for helping America become more energy independent.”

NFU will continue to work with policymakers throughout the 2012 Farm Bill process to ensure that the priorities of US family farmers, ranchers, and fishermen are included.