(NAFB)--In response to the initial draft of the 2013 Farm Bill released by the House Ag Committee Friday - National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson was happy to see target price protection included - especially target prices that are balanced and set at a meaningful level. He said the inclusion of stronger protection against long-term price collapse for all commodities in all regions is also a step in the right direction. He called strong support for crop insurance a positive element for U.S. family farmers and ranchers for when natural disasters strike. But Johnson said NFU was deeply disappointed with the lack of mandatory funding for programs that are critical to the nation’s energy independence. He also encouraged the House to strongly consider a more moderate approach when reducing funding for programs that help the food insecure in the country. He said just as farm safety net programs are important for farmers facing hardship - nutrition programs provide critical assistance to consumers in difficult times. Johnson was also concerned with language to study Country-of-Origin Labeling - calling it disheartening and unnecessary. He said the unwarranted attempt to strip consumers of their right to know where their meat comes from is alarming.