Statement by NCFC President Chuck Conner on Farm Bill Passage in the Senate
Washington, D.C.—“NCFC and the nation’s farmer cooperatives appreciate the Senate’s passage today of S. 3240, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 as a vital step forward in reaching a final farm bill that promotes an economically healthy and competitive US agriculture sector.
“At the same time, we recognize that this is only one step in the process and that the Senate bill fails to provide an adequate safety net for producers in certain regions of the country, especially the South. As action turns towards the House and, eventually, a conference committee, NCFC looks forward to the continuing process of crafting a farm bill that is regionally balanced and able to garner broad support across commodities.
“Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) have displayed commendable leadership and vision throughout the process, and have put in the hard work and long hours necessary to shepherd the farm bill through the Senate. Both are true friends of America’s farmer cooperatives and we look forward to continuing to work with them on this and other issues."
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.