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NFU Names Senate Ag Appropriations Priorities

08 April 2014

US - The US National Farmers' Union has called on the US Senate Subcommittee on Agriculture Appropriations to reject legislative riders or targeted funding restrictions for Country-of-Origin Labelling (COOL).

The NFU also wants the senate committee to oppose legislative riders that would undermine the US Department of Agriculture’s ability to write rules to provide greater fairness for livestock sellers and poultry growers, and fully fund 2014 Farm Bill energy programs at their maximum authorised levels.

These were the main points delivers by National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson in testimony to the US Senate Subcommittee on Agriculture Appropriations last week.

Mr Johnson’s testimony reiterated NFU’s top appropriations priorities, as previously submitted to the US House of Representatives.

“Both COOL and Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) regulations survived attempts to defund or dismantle their important provisions. However, our opponents insist on rehashing old fights,” said Mr Johnson.

“These sorts of proposed legislative riders ignore previous congressional decisions and create ongoing uncertainty for family farmers and ranchers,” said Johnson. “It is important that the subcommittee reject misguided attempts to undermine consumers’ right to know about their food through COOL or erode GIPSA’s authority to fight for fair markets.”

“Renewable energy programs are a win-win that boost farmers’ and ranchers’ bottom lines while reducing our country’s carbon footprint. Fully funding these and other 2014 Farm Bill programs should be appropriators’ highest priority,” Mr Johnson said.


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