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NFU Priorities for Amendments to Farm Bill

21 June 2013

US - The US National Farmers’ Union has lodged its objections to several oif the amendments that have been put forward to the 2013 Farm Bill.

The objections are contained in a letter sent by NFU President Roger Johnson to the US House of Representatives leadership.

The NFU says it opposes Rep. Gibbs’ amendment (#3) that would set the target price for all crops at 55 per cent of the five year rolling Olympic average and it opposes Rep. Pitts’ amendment (#13) that would eliminate the federal sugar programme.

The NFU has also lodged its opposition to Rep. McClintock’s amendment (#92) that would eliminate the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Programme and Rep. Goodlatte’s amendment (#194) that would remove the market stabilisation provision from the Dairy Producer Margin Protection Programme.

However, the NFU has registered its support for Rep. Thompson’s amendment (#28) that would reattach conservation compliance requirements to crop insurance premium subsidies.

“NFU is pleased that the 2013 Farm Bill has finally reached the House floor,” said Mr Johnson.

“We will continue to work with all members of the House and Senate to ensure that a comprehensive, five-year farm bill is successfully completed in advance of the September 30 deadline.”

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