NFU leads request urging Senate to bring Farm Bill to floor vote

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WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) and a coalition of agricultural, conservation, environmental, energy, forestry, hunger, and rural stakeholders sent a letter to Senate leadership today urging them to bring the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 to the Senate floor as soon as possible. NFU led the effort, which was supported by more than 125 organizations.

“This is one piece of legislation upon which all Americans depend, urban as well as rural,” stated the letter. “With limited time remaining before the expiration of current program authorities, time is of the essence.”

The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 passed the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry on April 26 by a 16-5 vote. The broad range of the 125 cosigners emphasizes the expansive reach and impact of the farm bill.

“This strongly bipartisan bill ensures that agriculture does its part to reduce the deficit, cutting spending by $23 billion, while still maintaining a safety net that family farmers and ranchers need,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Some farm bill programs have already expired, and the rest expire on Sept. 30. It is critical to pass a farm bill as soon as possible so that Americans have the agriculture, conservation, environmental, forestry, hunger, and rural development programs that they need. While many of us will continue to work for improvements in the bill, we all agree that we need a farm bill this year.”

National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.



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x-cattleman    
north florida  |  May, 08, 2012 at 07:17 AM

The idea of the farm subsidy was to help FAMILY FARMS and RANCHES through hard times over which they had little control, like weather, disease, insect infestation and other factors that would reduce productivity, weather it be crops or livestock. There should be a limit on the dollar amount given to individuals and none to big corporations, none to food stamps, ( the states obligation), none to the epa, (spoiled brats on steroids), none to weights and measures (how is agriculture responsible for the accuracy of gas pumps), and none to urban sprawl that should be under the control of cities. Use the money for which it was originally intended.

TERRY    
TEXAS  |  May, 08, 2012 at 03:08 PM

No where in the article did it state what is in the bill! What is it, and is it Constitutional?


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