NFU Board Passes Resolution on Farm Bill, COOL, RFS

Over the weekend - ahead of the official start to the National Farmers Union Fall Legislative Fly-In - the NFU Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution indicating the obligation of Congress to provide certainty for the nation's family farmers, ranchers and consumers by passing a five-year farm bill and by continuing to support country of origin labeling (COOL) and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The resolution states - our interests are at risk yet again because the farm bill expires September 30th. Noting both chambers of Congress have passed a version of the farm bill - the resolution continues that now the House must move swiftly to appoint conferees and begin the formal conference process with the Senate. NFU President Roger Johnson says the NFU Board is once again sending a clear message to Congress that it's time to complete the 2013 Farm Bill. He says family farmers and ranchers will not settle for an extension of the current law. He says they have too much at stake. In addition - Johnson says farmers want a farm bill that saves taxpayers money and that looks to the future - not the past.

Along with providing a comprehensive, five-year farm bill - the resolution calls on Congress and the administration to protect the existing COOL law for meat, seafood, poultry and other agricultural products. In an increasingly economically-interconnected world - according to the resolution - COOL provides important, common-sense information to American consumers about their food. The NFU Board says Congress must also pursue policies that support the nation's energy security - calling the RFS a crucial tool to wean the nation off foreign oil, promote rural economic development and reduce greenhouse gases in the transportation sector.

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