Kansas Farmers Union members, guests learn about political side of agriculture at annual Convention

13 12 2010

SALINA—Kansas Farmers Union (KFU) members and guests learned what National Farmers Union has been fighting for on Capitol Hill at the annual KFU Convention on Dec. 11 at the Salina Ramada Inn.

Chandler Goule, National Farmers Union (NFU) Vice President of Government Relations, said NFU has also supported the GIPSA rules and had panelists on four of the five USDA/DOJ workshops this year.

Goule warned that agriculture will be the first place the appropriations committee comes to when they start cutting. He told attendees to watch what happens with the appropriations bill.

The 2008 Farm Bill was the “greenest,” Goule said. The problem is that 37 programs don’t have a base line, meaning their funding has run out, and all the energy programs are in that group.

The 2012 Farm Bill is already going to spend 10-15 percent less than the 2008 Farm Bill.

“We could expect more cuts before they even start writing the 2012 Farm Bill,” Goule said.

NFU will be coming out with a study that will show what would happen if Farmers Union policy was implemented in the 2012 Farm Bill. Goule said NFU thinks that their policy would cause the government to spend less.

NFU would like to see direct payments eliminated and the SURE program to continue.

Goule also encouraged everyone to attend the National Convention on March 13-15 in San Antonio to help decide National Farmers Union policy. He stressed the importance of the NFU Policy book to the staff.

“That book is my bible. It tells me what our policy is and what I’m fighting for on Capital Hill for you,” Goule said.




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