Washington, D.C. (March 31, 2011)—The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) today hailed House passage of legislation that would ensure that agricultural producers would not face duplicative, costly, and burdensome permit requirements for application of pesticides already approved for use under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
The chamber approved H.R. 872, which would clarify both FIFRA and the Clean Water Act, under suspension by a vote of 292-130.
“The Houses action today is an important step to fixing the mess created by the Sixth Circuit Court in the National Cotton Council v. EPA case and helping to provide regulatory certainty to tens of thousands of farmers and growers across the country,” said NCFC President & CEO Chuck Conner. “With such a strong bipartisan show of support in the House, it is now critical that the Senate take action on similar legislation in a timely manner.”
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.