Washington, D.C.—“On behalf of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC), I would like to congratulate Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan on her intention to become chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry in the 112th Congress. I look forward to working with her over the coming years as the committee takes the preliminary steps in writing the next farm bill.
“Senator Stabenow has been a strong advocate for Michigan’s agricultural producers and their co-ops, and I know that she will bring the same level of energy and commitment to her new role. As a member of the Congressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus, the Senator is a friend of co-ops, and we would like to thank her for her continued support.”
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.