NFU Highlights Stance on Farm Bill Amendments
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson has sent a letter to the leaders of the U.S. House to detail the organization's stance on proposed amendments to the farm bill. He thanked the House Speaker, Majority Leader, Minority Leader and Minority Whip for advancing the farm bill process and asked them to consider NFU's position on several amendments. In a non-comprehensive list - Johnson notes NFU's opposition to six amendments - including amendments to set the reference price for all crops at 55-percent of the five year rolling Olympic average; to eliminate the Federal sugar program; and to eliminate permanent law for dairy programs.
NFU supports amendments to reduce farm program payment limits - capping commodity payments at 250-thousand dollars per year for any one farm; reattach conservation compliance requirements to crop insurance premium subsidies; expand the availability of industrial hemp research; require a scientific and economic analysis of the FDA's Food Safety and Modernization Act before final regulations are enforced; and to remove term limits on USDA guaranteed farm operating loans.
Johnson also asked the House leadership to support final passage of the farm bill in order to give farmers and ranchers the certainty they need to plan for the future.
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