Farmer Co-ops Commend House Passage of Highway Bill, Urge Support in Senate

Washington, D.C. (December 3, 2015)—The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives today applauded the House of Representatives’ approval of H.R. 22, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, and urged Senators to support the legislation when it is voted on there later today or tomorrow.

“This highway bill marks is an important part in ensuring that our country’s infrastructure boosts economic growth in rural communities instead of holding it back. America’s farmers, ranchers and cooperatives need to make sure that their products get to customers in a timely and efficient manner,” said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of NCFC. “The bill contains numerous provisions important for agriculture including, for example, modernizing regulations to improve the movement of freight.”

“In addition, the legislation also reverses cuts to the federal crop insurance system that were made as part of the budget agreement that Congress reached last month,” continued Conner. “As we have said time and again, agriculture has always stood ready to do our part when it comes to reducing the federal budget deficit and substantive cuts to crop insurance have already been made in the past few years. Restoring the program as written by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill is essential to ensuring that producers have access to the risk management tools they need to weather the risk inherent in production agriculture.”

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