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U.S. Senate Passes Resolution Declaring 2014 "International Year of Family Farming"

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:36:11 CDT

U.S. Senate Passes Resolution Declaring 2014

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 544, designating 2014 as the "International Year of Family Farming (IYFF)." NFU has led the U.S. Committee for IYFF and played a key role in having the resolution adopted by the Senate.


S.R. 544, introduced by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, notes that while agriculture contributes more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and employs 14 percent of the total U.S. workforce, 45 percent of individuals around the world make their living from farming.


"Family farmers across the world lift up their communities with every harvest," Senator Amy Klobuchar said. "Today's action in the Senate recognizes that rural communities are the backbone of local economies around the world, and honors the contributions that family farmers make in our global fight to eradicate poverty and hunger."


"I'm glad the Senate passed this resolution recognizing the contributions that family farmers make to the world community. Farming is a tireless and often thankless way to make a living, yet time and time again, family farmers stand ready to feed and fuel societies around the globe," said Senator Charles Grassley.


For more information on IYFF, click here.


   

 

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