Washington, D.C. (June 20, 2013)—“The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) and our members are disappointed today by the failure in the House of Representatives today of the farm bill, H.R. 1947. America’s farmers and ranchers deserve the certainty provided by a five-year farm bill, and it remains imperative to get a new farm bill passed before the current one-year extension expires in September.
“We would also like to recognized the leadership and hard work put in by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson on the farm bill these past few years. We look forward to continuing to work with them in the coming weeks as they and others in Congress chart a path forward on this issue.”
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.
Additional information about NCFC can be found at http://www.ncfc.org.