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Congress Urged to Pass Farm Bill This Year

14 November 2012

US - The American National Farmers Union (NFU) and a wide-sweeping coalition of 235 agriculture organisations have sent a letter to Congressional leadership today urging for the passage of a new five-year farm bill to be signed into law by the end of the legislative session.

Addressed to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, the coalition noted the paramount importance of the legislation.

“Failure to pass a new five-year farm bill before the year’s end will create significant budget uncertainty for the entire agricultural sector, including the rural businesses and lenders whose livelihoods are dependent upon farmers’ and livestock producers’ economic viability,” the letter states.

The letter also urged Congress to pass a new five-year bill; offering that a temporary extension would be a “short-sighted, inadequate solution that would leave our constituencies crippled by uncertainty.”

The coalition undersigning the letter comprised of organisations representing the farming, livestock, specialty crop, feed, rural development, nutrition, health, conservation, woodland owners, municipalities, trade, agricultural research, crop insurance and renewable energy communities.

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