NFU board opposes farm bill extension

The National Farmers Union Board of Directors has passed a resolution opposing an extension of the 2008 farm bill, which expired on Sept. 30, in lieu of passage of a new five-year farm bill. The vote by the Board was passed without objection.

On Dec. 19, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement after the NFU Board of Directors passed a resolution opposing an extension of the 2008 farm bill, which expired on Sept. 30, in lieu of passage of a new five-year farm bill. The vote by the Board was passed without objection:

“The clock is ticking and we are quickly going into the final hour of this lame duck session with rural America’s future hanging in the balance.

“Any short-term extension of the farm bill would only cause a litany of problems that will not be easily fixed when a new farm bill eventually is signed into law.

“We applaud the Senate and House Agriculture Committees for their continued efforts to negotiate for the passage of a comprehensive, five-year Farm Bill during this lame duck session. However, their commitment to long-term certainty for our farmers and ranchers has been trumped by House Speaker John Boehner’s inaction and refusal to pass legislation. We have reached a critical moment where lawmakers must quickly come together to pass a five-year farm bill.”

In June, the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 that saves $23 billion, while the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture passed its version of the farm bill in July, which would save $35 billion.

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