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Call for Action on Farm Bill

04 October 2013

US - US farmers have called on politicians in Washington to take urgent action on the dormant farm bill.

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson sent a letter to Speaker of the US House of Representatives, urging the immediate naming of conferees to the farm bill conference committee.

"The 2008 Farm Bill has now been allowed to expire twice, most recently on Sept. 30, 2013," said Mr Johnson.

"The fate of the farm bill is now in your hands."

On Tuesday (1 October), the US Senate named its conferees for a second time.

"This is an opportunity for you and the House to demonstrate that Congress is still able to get things done," said Mr Johnson.

"With the budget and debt ceiling discussions looming, the farm bill may be the very best opportunity for any major, forward-looking legislation to pass this year. Our country’s family farmers, ranchers, fishermen, consumers and hungry citizens are depending on you."

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