Washington, DC (September 9, 2009)—”On behalf of the members of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, I would like to congratulate Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas as she makes history in becoming the first woman, and the first Arkansan, to chair the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry,” said NCFC President Charles F. Conner in a statement released today.
“Senator Lincoln has a strong track record of supporting America’s farmers and ranchers, and she has been a stalwart supporter of America’s farmer-owned cooperatives, serving as one of the co-chairs of the Congressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus. The Senator’s chairmanship means that the agricultural community will continue to have a true friend and ally running this important committee.
“We would also like to express our thanks to Senator Tom Harkin, who is vacating the chairmanship to take over the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Senator Harkin has been a longstanding advocate for America’s family farmers and their cooperatives, and his hard work in crafting both the 2002 and 2008 farm bills is greatly appreciated.”
Since 1929, NCFC has been the voice of America’s farmer cooperatives. Our members are regional and national farmer cooperatives, which are in turn composed of nearly 3,000 local farmer cooperatives across the country. NCFC members also include 26 state and regional councils of cooperatives. Farmer cooperatives allow individual farmers the ability to own and lead organizations that are essential for continued competitiveness in both the domestic and international markets.
America’s farmer-owned cooperatives provide a comprehensive array of services for their members. These diverse organizations handle, process and market virtually every type of agricultural commodity. They also provide farmers with access to infrastructure necessary to manufacture, distribute and sell a variety of farm inputs. Additionally, they provide credit and related financial services, including export financing.