(NAFB)--The National Farmers Union Board of Directors is reiterating the importance of keeping farm programs and nutrition programs in one, comprehensive farm bill - voting unanimously to maintain its long-time position on keeping the two together in one piece of legislation.
NFU President Roger Johnson says splitting farm programs and nutrition assistance into two separate bills is a disservice to farmers, ranchers, rural residents and consumers. He says the bill needs to remain intact - as USDA’s efforts to provide safety net programs for both farmers and consumers facing hard times shouldn’t be pulled in opposite directions. Johnson notes farmers produce the food that consumers across the country - including those in need of some assistance - rely on. He says it stands to reason to have one unified piece of legislation that can garner support from members of Congress from rural and urban districts alike to deal with these related issues. Johnson says NFU encourages all members of Congress to pass a bipartisan, all-encompassing bill as it has been in the past and must be in the future.