Farm Bill Push On

Minnesota Senator Al Franken believes the next farm bill should be tied with "fiscal cliff" legislation. He says such a move is - the best hope for the farm bill. This week, Farm Bureau presidents from all 50 states are in Washington, D.C. pressing Congress to take action, especially on the farm bill and estate taxes. Present farm bill proposals would save between 23-billion dollars and 35-billion dollars. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says a compromise version represents - a smart way to cut spending.

The National Farmers Union Board of Directors said - the 112th Congress needs do its job. The time for obstruction and inaction is over. Family farmers and ranchers need the certainty that only a five-year farm bill can provide. And American Soybean Association President Danny Murphy has written a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees expressing specific support for the Senate's Agricultural Risk coverage program, which would provide protection against reductions in both price and yield.

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