WASHINGTON (December 12, 2016) – In response to the U.S. Senate’s vote to pass the $1.1 trillion stopgap spending package, sending the bill to the President’s desk to fund the government through April 28, 2017, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson issued the following statement:
“While we reset the government shutdown clock, the clock is still ticking for family farmers and ranchers, particularly for dairy producers, who were hopeful this spending package might include some immediate relief from persistently low milk prices and an unsuccessful dairy safety net program.
“We would have also liked to see a greater investment in renewable energy by funding expiring tax credits that incentivize the use of renewable energy and biofuels.
“We are, however, appreciative of the efforts of Senate Agriculture Appropriations Chairman Jerry Moran, Ranking Member Jeff Merkley and other agricultural champions to provide funding for the USDA Farm Service Agency. As farmers and ranchers are burdened by the declining farm economy, access to low-interest operating credit is necessary to keep struggling producers in business.”