Washington, D.C. (February 2, 2011)—“On behalf of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC), I would like to congratulate Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas on becoming the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry in the 112th Congress. I look forward to working with him over the coming years as the committee takes the preliminary steps in writing the next farm bill.
“Senator Roberts has long been a staunch supporter of Kansas’s farmers, ranchers and their co-ops. I know that he will bring the same level of energy and commitment to his new role. His experience will be valuable as the agricultural community seeks to find ways to ensure that American producers continue to be able to meet the food, fiber, feed and fuel needs of consumers in the U.S. and around the globe.”
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.