Washington, D.C. (December 20, 2018)—The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives today applauded the publication of the final rule on the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).
“I would like to recognize the hard work and leadership of Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Under Secretary Greg Ibach and their staff in seeing implementation of the NBFDS completed in a timely manner,” said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of the NCFC. “This rule gives the public access to more information than ever before on how their food was produced. At the same time, farmers and food producers will have access to the technology needed to provide safe and affordable foods to a growing world population.”
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.