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08-18-14 *USDA-FSA CO News* Livestock Forage Disaster Program…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 18, 2014

5.10.13

Livestock Forage Disaster Program

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is currently conducting sign-up for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP). LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses due to drought on privately owned or cash leased land. Eligible producers must physically be located in a county affected by a qualifying drought during the normal grazing period, which is May 1-October 31 for Washington County. This program is retroactive and application can be made for both the 2012 and 2013 grazing period. The deadline to apply for this program is January 30, 2015; however, producers are strongly encouraged to apply prior to October 1, 2014. Producers who suffered eligible grazing losses in Washington County should call and make an appointment as soon as possible, 970-345-2364 extension 2.

Those producers who have already applied and are in process of providing the office with leases, cattle documentation, or eligibility forms are also strongly encouraged to submit these records prior to October 1, 2014.


Questions?
Please contact CED Alicia Davisson, County Executive Director, at 970-345-2364 Ext 2, alicia.davisson@co.usda.gov or for Farm Loans, please contact FLM Jeanne Klemt, Farm Loan Manager, at 970-522-7440, jeanne.klemt@co.usda.gov.

 

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07-03-14 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Announces Online Hay and Grazing Acres Locator Tool…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 3, 2014

5.10.13For many years, FSA’s Hay Net website www.fsa.usda.gov/haynet  has been the “go to” online resource for agricultural producers to list information concerning the need for hay or the availability of hay.

Now, in response to requests from livestock producers and landowners, FSA has expanded the site to include the option to list a need for grazing acres or to list acres available for grazing.

If, due to extenuating circumstances, producers are in need of hay and/or grazing acres to support livestock, please use Hay Net to post an advertisement seeking these resources. Likewise, landowners who have hay and/or grazing acres available for livestock producers should post a Hay Net advertisement as well.

A few things to remember when using the Hay Net website:

  • There is a one-time registration process that should be completed by all users who want to post an ad online.
  • Users who just want to browse ads DO NOT NEED to have an eAuthentication user id.
  • Hay and grazing acre ads will be automatically removed after a period of 13 months.
  • Please help your fellow farmer and rancher by keeping ads current and up to date and remove ads you no longer need or want advertised on Hay Net. Please, no corporate advertisements on this site.

Hay Net is brought to you by FSA as a public service. The sole purpose of this online resource is to provide a site for the exchange of information. FSA does not endorse, guarantee, or otherwise make representations of any kind regarding any user of this site and FSA is not responsible for defining the terms of grazing agreements or lease contracts.

For more information about Hay Net and other FSA services and programs, please contact your local FSA office.  For local FSA Service Center contact information, please visit: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app .

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05-27-14 *USDA/NASS-CO* The Latest Colorado Crop Progress Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on May 27, 2014

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Agricultural Summary: Showers and storms concentrated east of the Front Range replenished soil moisture supplies and in some cases, improved crop conditions. Planting activity was slowed as a result of the soggy conditions that followed. Hail was reported in localized areas with damage to crops in some cases. Planting activities throughout the San Luis Valley were in full swing as precipitation was limited to isolated rain events. It was noted that irrigation diversions within the San Luis valley were occurring in greater frequency last week. Overall, mountain snowpack was 189 percent of average as of May 27. Farmers were allowed 5.6 days in the field for spring operations.

Small Grains: Spring wheat seeding was virtually completed as of last week, with 72 percent was emerged, compared with 75 percent last year and 81 percent on average. Up from 70 percent last week, 91 percent of the spring barley crop had emerged. Eighty-seven percent of the winter wheat crop was jointed, up 19 percentage points from the previous week. Thirty-eight percent was headed, compared with 9 percent last year and 45 percent on average.

Row Crops: Corn plantings retained a lead on last year and the average with 93 percent planted by week’s end while 55 percent had emerged. Planting of dry beans were delayed as only 2 percentage points were gained in progress last week, ending on 8 percent complete. Planting of potatoes outside the San Luis Valley was 93 percent complete while 65 percent had emerged, ahead of average in both stages. Planting of potatoes inside the San Luis Valley was virtually complete by week’s end, ahead of last year and average, while 11 percent was emerged. Sorghum planting activities were limited last week with a gain of one percentage point, ending on 25 percent complete. Ninety-one percent of the sugarbeet crop was planted, 29 percent of which was planted last week. Modest progress was realized in the planting of sunflowers last week, ending on 3 percent complete.

Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions were rated 59 percent fair to good across the State. Last year, 54 percent was rated fair to good while 69 percent is fair to good on average. The first cutting of alfalfa ended with 7 percent complete by week’s end, up from 1 percent previously.

Livestock: Death losses for cattle and sheep were mostly average to light. Stored feed supplies were rated mostly adequate to short.

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05-12-13 NFU Submits Additional Livestock Testimony…

Posted by Brian Allmer on May 12, 2014

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WASHINGTON (May 12, 2014) – Today National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson submitted additional testimony to the U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development and Credit, following up on an April 30, 2014, hearing on the state of the livestock industry. Johnson’s comments respond to discussion that occurred during the hearing.

“Witnesses and congressional Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) opponents insist that COOL holds no value to consumers, but NFU knows that is simply not true,” said Chandler Goule, NFU senior vice president of programs. “A 2003 Colorado State University study confirms that consumers are willing to pay a premium to know the origin of their food. Furthermore, COOL compliance costs amount to less than one-third of a cent per pound of meat, which certainly doesn’t justify the protests of the packers and processors reaping billions of dollars of profit.”

Of the seven witnesses who testified at the April hearing, only two represent organizations with strictly farmer or rancher members and the remaining five witnesses represent packer-producer organizations or meat companies. This presented a disproportionate opportunity for packers and processors to express their views in conflict with family farmers and ranchers.
“Congress acted in favor of COOL by including it in the 2002 and 2008 Farm Bills and demonstrated support for COOL by defeating an effort to undermine it in the 2014 Farm Bill. All parties in the livestock sector would be well-served to look toward a future in which consumers wish to know more about their food – an objective fulfilled in part by COOL,” said Johnson.

Johnson’s written comments elaborate on other important livestock issues, including an outline of common-sense rules about the relationship between meatpackers and contract poultry growers, which are currently being blocked by appropriations riders. NFU’s testimony also cites the May 5, 2014, discovery of a cow infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy in Brazil as an additional reason to oppose the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposal to allow the importation of animal products from Brazil.

National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.

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03-06-14 USDA – FSA News: Livestock Producers Affected by Severe Weather Urged to Keep Good Records…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 6, 2014

USDA FSA LogoWASHINGTON, March 6, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia, today repeated his appeal to livestock producers affected by natural disasters such as the drought in the West and the unexpected winter storm in the upper Midwest to keep thorough records. This includes livestock and feed losses, and any additional expenses that are a result of losses to purchased forage or feed stuff.

“The 2014 Farm Bill provides a strong farm safety net to help ranchers during these difficult times,” said Garcia. “We’ll provide producers with information on new program requirements, updates and signups as the information becomes available. In the meantime, I urge producers to keep thorough records. We know these disasters have caused serious economic hardships for our livestock producers. We’ll do all we can to assist in their recovery.”

In addition to western drought and the early-winter snowstorms, there are a variety of disasters from floods to storms to unexpected freezes. Each event causes economic consequences for farmers and ranchers throughout the United States. FSA recommends that owners and producers record all pertinent information of natural disaster consequences, including:

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12-18-13 *NFU News* Applications Now Being Accepted for 2014 NFU Beginning Farmers Institute…

Posted by Brian Allmer on December 18, 2013

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WASHINGTON (Sept. 12, 2013) – National Farmers Union (NFU) is now accepting applications for its 2014 Beginning Farmers Institute (BFI) program. The annual program, now accepting its fourth class of students, is open to individuals who are new to farming, are in the process of transferring an operation from a relative or non-relative to themselves, or are contemplating a career in farming or ranching.

 “The Beginning Farmers Institute underscores NFU’s commitment to growing a new generation of family agriculture,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “One unique feature of the Institute is that participants direct the agenda, allowing them to gain information on topics that will be most relevant to their particular operations. The small size and diversity of the group also ensures valuable interaction and learning opportunities among the participants.”

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12-11-13 NFU Praises Farm-to-Fleet Initiative…

Posted by Brian Allmer on December 11, 2013

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WASHINGTON (Dec. 11, 2013) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement after U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Navy’s joint “Farm-to-Fleet” venture will now make biofuel blends part of regular, operational fuel purchase and use by the military:
“NFU is very supportive of the continued partnership between USDA and the Navy to strengthen energy security with homegrown, renewable fuel. This initiative will strengthen national security while providing new economic opportunities for America’s farmers.
“This initiative will also benefit rural America by encouraging the development of the next generation of biofuels, which will lead to job opportunities in local communities. Read the rest of this entry »

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11-26-13 National Farmers Union Supports Senate Dairy Program…

Posted by Brian Allmer on November 26, 2013

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WASHINGTON (Nov. 26, 2013) – National Farmers Union (NFU) praises the U.S. Senate version of dairy policy after a recent comparison by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the House and Senate farm bills shows that the Senate’s dairy program costs less than the House version.
 
NFU continues to support the Senate’s version of dairy programs in the farm bill,” said NFU Vice President of Government Relations Chandler Goule. “Dairy policy ought to include risk management tools for dairy farmers to protect themselves against rising production costs and market collapse. The farm bill should also establish a responsible inventory management program that helps reduce costs for taxpayers. The Senate dairy provisions do this and should be included in the farm bill conference report.”
 
The House farm bill’s dairy title is projected to cost $418 million above the baseline, according to a CRS report released in October, while the Senate dairy program costs $302 million more over the next ten years.
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.

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11-26-13 *NFU News* Farmer, Rancher and Consumer Groups Celebrate New “COOL” Thanksgiving as Improved Food Labels Take Effect this Week

Posted by Brian Allmer on November 26, 2013

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WASHINGTON (Nov. 26, 2013) – Following the recent implementation of new country-of-origin labels (COOL) for meat and poultry products, 15 farmer, rancher and consumer groups issued the following statement:
“As families settle in to celebrate Thanksgiving, it will have a renewed all-American emphasis as a result of the new country-of-origin labels for meat and poultry products that went into effect this week. The commonsense labels provide clearer, more transparent and more accurate information to let consumers know where their food comes from for Thanksgiving.
“The new labels distinguish where livestock were born, raised and processed. Although the overwhelming majority of Americans support these new labels, the meat industry is secretly attacking the sensible COOL labels in the 2013 Farm Bill negotiations, contending that knowing where your food comes from is somehow a barrier to trade. The new labels address concerns at the World Trade Organization by ensuring that consumers have access to clear and accurate information that lets them know the source of their food.

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11-22-13 NFU Represented on USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Advisory Committee…

Posted by Brian Allmer on November 22, 2013

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WASHINGTON (Nov. 22, 2013) – U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden announced Thursday the appointment of 20 members to serve on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. National Farmers Union Director of Education Maria Miller and New England Farmers Union member Michelle Conner were selected to sit on the committee. The committee will provide guidance to the secretary on expanding opportunities that will help beginning farmers and ranchers succeed in agriculture.

“Beginning farmers and ranchers are important to NFU as well as the entire agriculture industry,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “We are happy to be represented by Maria and Michelle on the committee to ensure that programs developed will meet the demands of our members and all U.S. family farmers and ranchers.”

The committee will provide public and industry perspectives on USDA strategies, policies, and programs to broadly capture the many issues relevant to beginning farmers and ranchers including but not limited to opportunities in local food systems, generational transfers, training and credit.

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11-18-13 *USDA/NASS-CO* The Latest Colorado Crop Progress Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on November 18, 2013

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CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS  Colorado Website

Agricultural Summary: The vast majority of Colorado experienced dry conditions last week, ideal for harvest activities and seasonal preparations. Livestock producers were focusing on marketing of livestock and transitioning herds to winter feed. Dwindling moisture supplies remain a concern for some producers. On average, farmers were allowed 6.4 days in the field for operations.

Row Crops: At 95 percent, the corn harvest was virtually complete by week’s end. The sorghum harvest progressed to 82 percent complete, up from 69 percent previously. Ninety-four percent of the sunflower crop has been harvested thus far, compared with 93 percent a year ago and the average of 85 percent.

Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions showed negligible changes into last week, with 41 percent rated very poor to poor compared with 40 percent previously.

Livestock: Livestock conditions were rated 64 percent good to excellent, an improvement from 60 percent, previously. Death losses remained at average levels for cattle and sheep. Overall, stored feed supplies remained rated as average for this time of year.

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11-12-13 *USDA/NASS-CO* The Latest Colorado Crop Progress Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on November 12, 2013

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CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS  Colorado Website

Agricultural Summary: Harvest activities continued amidst weather conditions that were generally favorable for fieldwork. However, dry conditions remain a concern to producers in some areas. Reporters emphasized a need for winter wheat snow protection and increased moisture for pasture growth into the next year. In some cases, livestock producers were holding on to feed stocks for personal use instead of marketing. Other seasonal activities last week included moving livestock from pasture. On average, farmers were allowed 6.1 days in the field for operations.

Small Grains: Virtually all winter wheat had emerged by late last week.

Row Crops: The corn harvest progressed at a slower pace last week as some standing corn with high moisture content remained in fields—85 percent was harvested by week’s end. This is a gain of 5 percentage points from the previous week. The harvest of sorghum was at 69 percent last week, up from 59 percent previously. Eighty-three percent of the sunflower crop has been harvested, up from 71 percent the week prior. The harvest of sugarbeets was virtually complete as of last week.

Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions showed a decline into last week, with 40 percent rated very poor to poor compared with 30 percent previously. On average, 38 percent is rated very poor to poor. As of last week, the 4th cutting of alfalfa was virtually complete.

Livestock: Livestock conditions were rated 60 percent good to excellent, down from 74 percent previously. Death losses remained at average levels for cattle and sheep. Overall, stored feed supplies remained rated as average for this time of year.

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11-12-13 NFU Releases Free Renewable Energy Education Curriculum…

Posted by Brian Allmer on November 12, 2013

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WASHINGTON (Nov. 12, 2013) – National Farmers Union (NFU) released today curriculum that will help students separate fact from fiction when it comes to renewable energy. This curriculum, developed by NFU, is available free to organizations, schools, institutions and businesses whose focus is to build cultural awareness and acceptance of renewable fuels.
“Renewable energy is fast becoming a way of life for millions of Americans,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Technological advances are delivering sustainable, reliable, and increasingly affordable sources of renewable energy. At the same time, Americans are curious about the economic and environmental costs of relying on fossil fuels.”

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11-12-13 *NFU News* AP Renewable Fuel Story One-Sided, Misguided

Posted by Brian Allmer on November 12, 2013

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WASHINGTON (Nov. 12, 2013) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to a recent story by the Associated Press that blames biofuels for causing environmental harm:

 

“The story blames biofuels for the reduced acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). What it neglects to mention is that Congress reduced CRP by roughly seven million acres in the 2008 Farm Bill and is poised to be reduced by seven to eight million acres in the next farm bill.

 

“In addition, climate change and new seed varieties are mostly responsible for the expansion of corn production, with warmer temperatures and longer growing seasons making it possible to plant corn in places like North Dakota and Canada.
“American-produced biofuels are a clear and environmentally-friendly alternative to oil. Today’s ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30 percent compared to gasoline.

 

“NFU will continue stand up for the Renewable Fuel Standard that is cleaning up the environment, diversifying fuel sources and supporting rural economies.”

 

National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.

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10-29-13 *NFU News* COOL Defense Coalition: Legislative Interference on COOL Unwarranted…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 29, 2013

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WASHINGTON (Oct. 29, 2013) – National Farmers Union (NFU), the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, American Sheep Industry Association and Consumer Federation of America sent a letter today to the 2013 Farm Bill conference committee members expressing continued strong support for Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) and opposition to any legislative changes to the law.
“Once again packer-producer organizations and their foreign counterparts that do not have the interest of U.S. family farmers and ranchers in mind have called for legislative interference on COOL,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Based on recent World Trade Organization (WTO) rulings, there is no reason for Congress to take action on COOL.”

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09-28-13 *NFU News* House Rule Passage Should Pave Way for Farm Bill Completion…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 28, 2013

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WASHINGTON (Sept. 28, 2013) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a rule that would relink farm programs and nutrition programs:

 

“Today’s actions should pave the way for the farm bill to be completed this year. Extending the 2008 Farm Bill again is not an adequate solution. While it is obvious we will not have a completed farm bill by its expiration on Sept. 30, I urge House leadership to appoint conferees so that the process of conferencing the Senate and House versions of the bill can begin right away.

 

“NFU will continue to advocate for a five-year, comprehensive farm bill to be completed in the next month.”

National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.

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09-27-13 NFU to USDA: Reject COOL Rule Extension Request…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 27, 2013

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WASHINGTON (Sept. 27, 2013) – National Farmers Union (NFU), the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, Consumer Federation of America (CFA), and American Sheep Industry Association sent a letter today to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman today urging USDA to reject an extension to the implementation of Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL).

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) followed a carefully considered, open and transparent process as it crafted this rule,” the letter stated. “We believe the rule complies with the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling and is consistent with U.S. law. We strongly support it and your efforts to defend it.”

This letter was prompted by a recent letter to USDA and USTR from packer-producer organizations and foreign interests seeking to postpone the enforcement of the updated COOL regulations that went into effect May 23, 2013. The regulations provided a six-month grace period for companies to come into compliance with the rules, and that period has not yet ended.

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09-24-13 NFU Statement on Shareholder Approval of Smithfield Sale to Chinese Company…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 24, 2013

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WASHINGTON (Sept. 24, 2013) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to shareholder approval of Smithfield Foods Inc. to Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd:
“It is a sad day for family farmers and consumers when the largest pork processing company in the United States is sold to a Chinese interest.
“Putting ownership of our food system in the hands of other countries does not bode well for the future of our agricultural marketplace. Congress should revisit the official approval process for such transactions with an eye toward assuring that our food systems are more stable, safe and secure, and are based on a model of family farmers and ranchers.”
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.

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09-19-13 NFU: House Should Take Next Steps to Finish Comprehensive Five-Year Farm Bill…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2013

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WASHINGTON (Sept. 19, 2013) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement today following the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013:
“NFU is disappointed with the result of today’s vote. Stripping nutrition programs from the farm bill was a mistake from the beginning. The level of cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program included in the legislation not only denies benefits to four million low-income Americans, but is also sure to make the conference process more difficult. It is time for the House to take meaningful action. House leadership must appoint conferees right away so that the stalled comprehensive 2013 Farm Bill can be finalized and enacted as soon as possible.”
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.

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09-18-13 NFU to House: Listen to Family Farmers, Defeat HR 3012 and Appoint Conferees…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 18, 2013

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WASHINGTON (Sept. 18, 2013) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson sent a letter to U.S. House of Representatives leadership today, urging a no vote on H.R. 3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013, and asking instead for conferees to be named to the farm bill conference committee.

“Family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and low-income families have waited long enough,” said Johnson. “The House needs to defeat this partisan legislation and address farm programs and nutrition together in a single, comprehensive five-year farm bill.”

H.R. 3102 includes $40 billion in cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. SNAP benefits were stripped from the House version of the farm bill passed earlier this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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