“I would like to applaud the action that the House of Representatives took today in overwhelmingly approving, with a strong bipartisan vote of 318-106, the conference report on H.R. 2419, the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. “House passage of the farm bill is extremely important to farmers, ranchers and their cooperatives, and this legislation provides a safety net for production agriculture and meets important national priorities relating to conservation, nutrition, rural development, renewable energy, and agricultural research. “I would also like to recognize the outstanding leadership provided by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson and Ranking Member Bob Goodlatte in moving this legislation forward. NCFC and its members will continue our efforts in support of this legislation as consideration of the conference report moves to the Senate.” 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.
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