July 29, 2022 (Washington, D.C.)—“The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives applauds the increased funding to support climate-smart agriculture through voluntary working lands conservation programs and technical assistance to producers contained in the Inflation Reduction Act. This investment in the future is needed to help America’s farmers, ranchers and growers explore and adopt innovative approaches to production to help address the challenge of climate change. It will also help provide the resources needed to ensure a strong conservation title in the 2023 farm bill. Finally, we would also like to recognize the leadership of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) in helping to secure this funding throughout the budget reconciliation process.”
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 2,000 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.