NFU Claims 82 Percent Success Rate in Passage of 2014 Farm LawSun, 23 Feb 2014 21:27:50 CST
Britanny Jablonsky, Director of Advocacy Communications for the National Farmers Union told members of the American Farmers and Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union that NFU achieved an 82% success rate with the final passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. Jablonsky told the 109th annual meeting of the AFR/OFU that 17 of the NFU priorities were part of the final measure, with five others partially included and only 4 were not included.
She adds that as the Farm Bill Conference was finalized- five of six keys were achieved by the populist group- including:
Keep Permanent Law
Set Fixed Reference Prices
Achieve Mandatory Funding for the Energy Title
Oppose any changes in COOL Regulations as rewritten by USDA in May 2013
and Fund Farmers market and local foods programs.
The one key that NFU was lobbying for that was not in the final farm bill was the inclusion of a dairy stabilization program.
After her presentation on Saturday morning to the 109th annual meeting of the AFR/OFU, she talked with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about the dairy compromise that did not include the stablization program- and what she considered a tremendous win for the NFU, blocking any changes in the COOL rules. Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear their conversation.
On the Country of Origin Labeling battle, Jablonsky pointed to what she called high praise for the effectiveness of the NFU on influencing the final result- an article by Jerry Hagstrom that quoted the President of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Scott George as saying it was the lobbying by the NFU that was the reason for no action on COOL changes.
Jablonsky told Hays that the NFU was pleased that the bill has been signed into law by President Obama, and stands ready to help USDA in any way they can as they write the rules to implement the many different aspects of the bill.
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