NFU and ag coalition urge Congress to pass new farm bill this year

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 2012 - National Farmers Union (NFU) and a broad coalition of 235 agriculture organizations sent a letter to Congressional leadership today urging the passage of a new five-year farm bill to be signed into law by the end of the legislative session.

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In a letter addressed to Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, the coalition noted the paramount importance of the legislation.

“Failure to pass a new five-year farm bill before the year's end will create significant budget uncertainty for the entire agricultural sector, including the rural businesses and lenders whose livelihoods are dependent upon farmers' and livestock producers' economic viability,” the letter states.

The coalition undersigning the letter is comprised of organizations representing the farming, livestock, specialty crop, feed, rural development, nutrition, health, conservation, woodland owners, municipalities, trade, agricultural research, crop insurance and renewable energy communities.

Click here to view the letter.

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