NFU Board Passes Farm Bill Resolution

The National Farmers Union Board of Directors has passed a resolution highlighting the organization's disappointment with the failure of the U.S. House to pass a comprehensive, five-year farm bill and urging them to complete the measure before the current farm bill extension expires. The resolution states that family farms are crucial to the nation's food supply, rural communities and overall health of the national economy. It also notes that the number of farmers and ranchers who make their primary living from production agriculture is shrinking because of commodity price volatility. According to the NFU Board's resolution - we can't afford another extension of the 2008 Farm Bill and Congress cannot allow the legislation to expire again. The NFU Board states passage of a new comprehensive, five-year farm bill is the most critical issue for rural America and the consumers the industry serves at home and abroad. Regarding the suggestion to separate farm programs and nutrition programs into two separate bills - the resolution says such action would be a jarring disruption to the historic coalition of urban, rural and conservation groups - and would likely effectively kill both bills - producing no legislative action for either.

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