Statement of NCFC President Chuck Conner on House and Senate Farm Bill Markups

Washington, D.C. (May 14, 2013)—“This week marks a milestone along the way in the long overdue process of passing a new, five-year farm bill. Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Cochran in the Senate, and Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterson in the House, are to be commended for their swift action in moving the farm bill process forward this spring.

“From a policy perspective, as both committees begin their work, members must ensure that any legislation contains a meaningful and equitable safety net for producers across commodities.

“NCFC is pleased to see that both committees have included dairy reform provisions that are supported by dairy producers of all sizes and all regions of the country. These reforms are crucial to ensuring a cost-effective safety net for dairy farmers. NCFC will oppose any efforts that would undermine the dairy provisions in either bill.

“Finally, we are heartened to see funding of important export development programs such as the Market Access Program and the Foreign Market Development program held at current funding levels. MAP and FMD are highly successful, cost-effective public-private partnerships with a far reaching economic impact. Funding them will help to ensure the continued competitiveness of US agricultural exports in the face of heavily subsidized foreign competition.”

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