WASHINGTON (June 23, 2016) – Senate Agriculture Committee leadership today reached a deal on a bill to set national biotech labeling standards. On behalf of nearly 200,000 family farmers and ranchers, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson responded to today’s announcement with the following statement:
“I am pleased to learn that Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow have reached an agreement on the national biotech labeling debate. Both producers and consumers have sought a solution to this issue, and I applaud this bipartisan effort as an important step in the process.
“NFU represents the range of diversity in agricultural production, from conventional to organic and all farming practices in between, while also recognizing the important role of consumers. For months now, the Senate Agriculture Committee has worked to balance the needs of these diverse stakeholders. Despite significant hurdles, Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow put differences aside, stayed engaged, and found a solution for the benefit of agriculture.
“I thank the committee for its continued dedication to America’s family farmers and ranchers. NFU looks forward to learning more of the details and weighing them against our member-approved policy before taking a position on the deal.”
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.