FARM BILL COALITION FORMED
In an effort to urge Congress to pass a new farm bill, 39 of the nation’s leading agricultural organizations have formed the “Farm Bill Now” coalition. The public awareness campaign formally launched Aug. 22.
Coalition members include the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Farmers Union and other associations representing commodity and specialty crops, livestock, dairy, state and local governments, energy groups, farm cooperatives and financial groups. Though each group has different interests at stake, members agree the farm bill impacts all segments of the country and the economy’s overall stability.
The Alabama Farmers Federation, a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, urges residents across the state to contact their legislators in support of passing the 2012 farm bill before the current bill expires Sept. 30. Federation National Legislative Programs Director Mitt Walker said passage of the farm bill is critical so farmers can plan for the future.
“While the farm bill versions passed by the full Senate and the House Agriculture Committee include major cuts to commodity programs, farmers still need certainty as they prepare not just for next year, but for the next five years,” said Walker.
To learn more about the coalition, visit FarmBillNow.com.