Washington, D.C. (June 21, 2018)—“The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives applauds House passage of H.R. 2, the farm bill, this afternoon. We look forward to the Senate taking up its version of the bill in the very near future. Assuming Senate approval of its measure, we urge both chambers to move quickly to a conference committee to work out differences in a bipartisan fashion. America’s farmers and ranchers deserve the certainty that a new farm bill will provide ahead of the expiration of current law on September 30.”
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.