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Farm Bill Needed to Create Jobs

11 September 2013

US - Passing a five-year, comprehensive farm bill this year together with a robust Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is essential to create jobs, reduce greenhouse gasse, and reduce dependence on foreign oil according to the US National Farmers Union.

“The need for certainty for America’s family farmers and ranchers has never been greater,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.

“In order to provide that certainty, Congress needs to finish its work on the 2013 Farm Bill before the current law expires on September 30.”

Speakers at the event included U.S. Senator Harry Reid, D-Nev., Senate majority leader, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., chairwoman of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, Neil Young, of LincVolt, Tom Buis, Growth Energy CEO, and Johnson.

“In addition to the work that needs to be done on the farm bill, reauthorizing the RFS needs to be made a priority in Congress,” said Mr Johnson. “The RFS is a crucial tool to reducing our reliance on foreign oil, and provides America’s farmers and rural communities with new economic opportunities. Mr. Young’s LincVolt vehicle is a great example of the innovative possibilities for the use of clean energy in our country.”

Sens. Reid and Stabenow were also presented with the NFU Golden Triangle Award at the event. The Golden Triangle is NFU’s highest honour for members of Congress who are champions for family farmers and ranchers, and the policies of National Farmers Union.


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