Washington, D.C. (July 29, 2021)—“On behalf of America’s farmer co-ops, I commend the Senate for voting to move forward on the bipartisan infrastructure package. This legislation provides a much-needed investment in the roads, bridges, railways, waterways and ports vital to ensuring the strength and resiliency of the food and agriculture supply chain. In addition, the package makes an historic investment of $65 billion to bring broadband access to millions who lack it, including much of rural America. As the Senate proceeds with consideration of the bill, we urge support for the measure and call on the House to take up the legislation without delay.”
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.