Unprecedented: 557 Diverse Groups Support Farm Bill
WASHINGTON (May 13, 2008) – A broad coalition of 557 organizations today called on members of the House and Senate to vote in support of the farm bill.
The groups said the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 is a carefully balanced compromise that will benefit all Americans.
“The farm bill conference report addresses a number of challenges we face as a nation,” National Farmers Union President Tom Buis said. “The bill benefits rural communities, urban communities and everyone in between with record increases in nutrition, conservation, specialty crop, rural development and renewable energy programs.”
The 557 groups signing on to the letter represent not just traditional commodity groups, but specialty crop, conservation, nutrition, consumer and religious organizations across the country. While each organization had different priorities for the farm bill, they share a common goal of passing a farm bill with strong votes in both the House and Senate.
“This broad coalition sends a loud message to Congress and the President that America wants this farm bill passed and signed into law without further delay. We urge all members of Congress to support the farm bill when it comes time for a vote this week,” Buis said.