NFU Pressing for Farm Bill Passage

National Farmers Union is holding its Fall Legislative Fly-In this week. Nearly 300 Farmers Union members are in Washington for meetings with legislators and other events. NFU held a press conference on Capitol Hill Monday to highlight the importance of passing a five-year, comprehensive farm bill this year - and how the Renewable Fuel Standard creates jobs, reduced greenhouse gases and reduces our dependence on foreign oil. The need for certainty for America's family farmers and ranchers - according to NFU President Roger Johnson - has never been greater. In order to provide that certainty - he says Congress needs to finish its work on the 2013 Farm Bill before the current law expires at the end of the month. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow, Neil Young of LincVolt and Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis were part of the press conference with Johnson.

Johnson also said reauthorizing the RFS needs to be a priority for Congress. He says the RFS is a crucial tool to reducing our reliance on foreign oil and provides America's farmers and rural communities with new economic opportunities. According to Johnson - Mr. Young's LincVolt vehicle is a great example of the innovative possibilities for the use of clean energy in the country.

Senator Reid and Senator Stabenow were presented with the NFU Golden Triangle Award at the event. The Golden Triangle is NFU's highest honor for members of Congress who are champions for family farmers and ranchers and the policies of National Farmers Union.

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