(NAFB)--A broad coalition of more than 530 agriculture, conservation, rural development, finance, forestry, energy and crop insurance companies and organizations are urging Congress to pass a comprehensive, five-year farm bill before the extension of the 2008 Farm Bill expires on September 30th.
In fact - they are asking House Speaker John Boehner to bring the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 back to the House floor for a vote as soon as possible. in a letter to Boehner - the groups write that the farm bill is vital - supporting the nation’s farmers, ranchers, forest owners, food security, natural resources, wildlife habitats, rural communities and the 16-million Americans whose jobs directly depend on the agriculture industry. According to the letter - it is crucial for the House to try again to bring together a broad coalition of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to provide certainty for farmers, rural America, the environment and the economy with passage of a five-year farm bill upon returning from the 4th of July recess. The letter also notes the importance of maintaining a unified bill that includes both farm and nutrition programs. The groups state the belief that splitting the nutrition title from the rest of the bill could result in neither farm nor nutrition programs passing.
The American Farm Bureau Federation, American Farmland Trust, American Sugar Alliance, American Soybean Association, Dairy Farmers of America, Growth Energy, National Association of Conservation Districts, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Farmers Union and National Pork Producers Council are among the groups that signed the letter.
ASA President Danny Murphy says the farm bill supports farmers, ranchers and rural Americans - but also those in urban and suburban communities. He says ASA is proud to stand alongside such a wide range of organizations to call on the House to recommit to passing a single, unified farm bill this month.