NFU President Urges House Leadership to Finish Farm Bill
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson has written House Speaker John Boehner to underscore the urgency of bringing the farm bill to the House floor in advance of the September 30th expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill. He says extending the current farm bill is only a temporary fix. He says a five-year bill is a more responsible and viable solution for today and the coming years.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report shows nearly two-thirds of the continental U.S. in some stage of drought. Johnson says disaster programs need to be included as part of the long-term farm bill. He says standing disaster programs that protect against low yields, price volatility and high input costs are needed so farmers - especially livestock producers - can withstand these difficult times. Johnson notes most of the necessary disaster provisions are including in the Senate-approved farm bill and in the House Agriculture Committee's bill.
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