NFU Statement: Senate Farm Bill Proposal
WASHINGTON (Oct. 17, 2007) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Tom Buis made the following statement in response to a farm bill proposal announced today by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin.
“The 2002 Farm Bill expired last month and its time to move forward. Farmers and ranchers across the country need to know what type of federal farm policy they will be operating under next year. I commend Senators Harkin, Chambliss, Conrad and others for their leadership in working out a compromise that will allow the farm bill to move through the Senate Agriculture Committee and U.S. Senate.
“We are not enamored with the proposed revenue-assurance option and have numerous questions and concerns on how it would work and benefit those who select it. However, it is optional, not mandated, and if it helps accomplish the goal of moving the farm bill forward, we are supportive.
“There are too many high priority issues that must be addressed to further delay the farm bill process, such as permanent disaster assistance, mandatory country-of-origin labeling, livestock competition reforms, the traditional farm safety net programs, nutrition, conservation, renewable energy and rural development.”