Washington, DC—The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) today applauded the co-chairs of the Congressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus in the 112th Congress. In the Senate, the co-chairs are Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Thune (R-S.D.); in the House, Representatives Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Tim Holden (D-Pa.) will serve as co-chairs.
“Throughout their time in Congress, all four of the Caucus co-chairs have been stalwart supporters of agricultural co-ops and their farmer-owners in Minnesota, South Dakota, Missouri, Pennsylvania and around the country,” said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives.
The Caucus, established in 2002, is a bi-partisan, bi-cameral organization with the goals of promoting greater awareness and understanding of farmer cooperatives and their importance to agricultural producers and of providing timely analysis of how economic trends, proposed legislation and pending regulations will impact farmer co-ops and their member-owners.
“NCFC looks forward to working with Senators Klobuchar and Thune, Representatives Graves and Holden, and the rest of the Farmer Co-op Caucus in the 112th Congress,” continued Conner. “Co-ops are a cornerstone of agriculture and rural economies across the country. By supporting good public policies that help co-ops grow and prosper, Caucus members ensure that farmers can continue to depend on their cooperatives.”
NCFC is a national association representing America’s farmer cooperatives. There are nearly 3,000 farmer cooperatives across the U.S. whose members include a majority of our nation’s more than 2 million farmers, ranchers and growers. These farmer cooperative businesses handle, process, and market agricultural commodities and related products; furnish farm supplies; and provide credit and associated financial services. Earnings from these activities are returned to their members on a patronage basis. Farmer cooperatives also provide jobs for nearly 250,000 Americans, many in rural areas, with a combined payroll of over $8 billion.
Additional information about NCFC can be found at http://www.ncfc.org.