Washington, DC—The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives today expressed its disappointment in President Bush’s veto of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, the official title of the 2008 farm bill, and called on Congress to immediately vote to override such action.
“We are very disappointed the Administration chose to veto this important legislation —approved by broad, bipartisan margins in both the House and Senate—that will maintain a strong safety net for America’s farmers while also dramatically increasing funding for such critical policy objectives as conservation, nutrition, and next-generation renewable fuels,” said NCFC President Jean-Mari Peltier. “This bill also represents a well-balanced approach to help meet the needs of consumers at home and abroad.
“Importantly, the bill also continues to recognize the important role that farmer-owned cooperatives play on behalf of their producer members and in helping to achieve important policy objectives, including under a new conservation initiative.
“Therefore, NCFC calls on both the House and Senate to override the President’s veto.”
Such action, the NCFC President added, will help ensure “that U.S. agriculture continues to be able to meet the growing demand for food, fiber, feed and fuel and to remain competitive in a changing global marketplace.”
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.
Contact: Justin Darisse, 202-879-0816