Washington, D.C. (July 11, 2023)—“On behalf of America’s farmer co-ops and their members, I congratulate Xochitl Torres Small on her confirmation as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture today. As NCFC noted when she was nominated, her grounding in the broad range of issues she handled as under secretary for rural development—along with her experience earlier in her career serving on the House Agriculture Committee—prepares her well for this new position. We look forward to continuing the productive working relationship we have developed with Deputy Secretary Torres Small as she assumes this new role.”
Since 1929, NCFC has been the voice of America’s farmer cooperatives. Our members are regional and national farmer cooperatives, which are in turn consist of nearly 2,000 local farmer cooperatives across the country. NCFC members also include 17 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.