NFU Congratulates Senate Ag Committee on Completing Farm Bill Markup

14 05 2013

WASHINGTON (May 14, 2013) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued a statement following the markup of the 2013 Farm Bill by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry:

“NFU is very pleased that the farm bill has passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Farmers and ranchers deserve long-term certainty and this is a step in the right direction.
 
“I was glad to see the inclusion of reference prices that will provide family farmers protection both when disasters strike and in times of long-term price collapse.
However, the manager’s amendment changed the Adverse Market Payment (AMP) program’s commodity reference prices from a fixed level to 55 percent of a rolling average. This weakens AMP’s protections against long-term price collapse.
 
“Furthermore, it is encouraging to see that the bill includes $800 million in mandatory funding for the energy title. It also reattaches conservation compliance requirements to crop insurance and strengthens this essential farm safety net program.
 
“Finally, I am glad that a short-sighted amendment that would eliminate Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) for livestock and poultry was withdrawn. NFU has long supported COOL and agree with the millions of consumers who demand to know the origins of their food.
 
“I look forward to working with Senate leaders to ensure the bill is brought quickly to the Senate floor to continue the legislative process.”

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