NFU Believes One-Year Farm Bill Extension Is Not a Good Idea
There have been some reports that Congress may consider a one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill - which expired on September 30th. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says merely extending the current law may well be more difficult than passing a new five-year bill - but a short-term extension would reveal a litany of problems that won't be easily fixed when a new farm bill eventually is signed into law. Johnson says the drought this past summer left producers unprotected because livestock and crop disaster programs had expired - yet extending the current law could leave farmers and ranchers in drought-stricken regions without the tools needed to recover. Johnson says a comprehensive, five-year farm bill just makes more sense than a temporary extension - which would be an inadequate solution that would leave U.S. farmers and ranchers - and the nation they feed - crippled by uncertainty. With the current legislative session quickly coming to an end - Johnson says it's imperative now more than ever for Congress to act before substantial harm is done to farmers, ranchers and all Americans.
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