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NCFC President Commends Senate Ag Committee for Moving Forward With 2102 Farm Bill Markup

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:26:29 CDT

NCFC President Commends Senate Ag Committee for Moving Forward With 2102 Farm Bill Markup

"Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Roberts are to be commended for taking the lead on reauthorization of the farm bill by holding a markup today. In my experience, even though every farm bill takes its own unique path to final enactment one fact of the process remains the same-it has to start somewhere, and the Senate Committee has taken that difficult first step.

"From a policy perspective, as the Committee gets to work, members must ensure that any legislation contains a meaningful and equitable safety net for producers across commodity and across regions of the country.

"A key element of this for NCFC and our dairy co-op members is the package of dairy reforms contained in the draft legislation that is supported by dairy producers of all sizes and in all regions of the country. NCFC strenuously opposes any amendment, including the one offered by Senator Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) that would weaken the dairy provisions and which, if accepted, would cost dairy farmers more than $400 million in additional expenses.

"Further, NCFC is disappointed that regulatory relief language was not included in the draft legislation that would free producers, co-ops and other agribusinesses from the duplicative, costly and misguided pesticide permitting requirements.

"Finally, we are heartened to see funding of important export development programs such as the Market Access Program and the Foreign Market Development program held at current farm bill levels. MAP and FMD are highly successful, cost-effective public-private partnerships with a far-reaching economic impact, and funding them will help to ensure the continued competitiveness of U.S. agricultural exports in the face of heavily subsidized foreign competition."



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