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NFU Conference: Farm Bill Should Include Safety Net

15 March 2011

US - Farmers Union delegates adopted a special order of business calling on Congress to include a strong safety net in the 2012 Farm Bill at National Farmers Union’s (NFU) 109th annual convention in San Antonio, Texas.

“The next farm bill must include a farm safety net for producers that will provide meaningful assistance for family farmers to stay in production,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.

“The number of farmers and ranchers who make their primary living from production agriculture continues to shrink because of high price volatility. These farms are crucial to our nation’s food supply and the health of our rural economies. When times are difficult, such as periods when prices are low or when disastrous weather strikes, are the times where we most need a strong safety net in order to ensure the continuation of family farm and ranch operations.”

The special order of business also called on Congress to write the farm bill before the close of the 112th Congress.

“The expiring baselines of many 2008 Farm Bill programs, and the potential damage that their expiration would cause, require the bill to be acted upon in a timely manner,” said Johnson. “That, combined with the fact that waiting longer means that even less money will be available for the writing the legislation, means that Congress must act quickly to ensure the 2012 Farm Bill is passed before the end of next year.”

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