Contact: Brittany Jablonsky

WASHINGTON (May 29, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations’ passage of agriculture appropriations legislation:

“Unfortunately, the House Appropriations Committee has chosen to rehash old farm bill fights by defeating two amendments aimed at eliminating a harmful rider that continues to allow abusive market behavior by livestock and poultry processors. This rider only serves the profits of multinational meatpacking companies, to the detriment of family farmers, ranchers and rural America. I encourage conferees to follow the Senate’s lead by removing this misguided provision.

“The committee also cut important funding from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and from farm bill energy and conservation programs, limiting agencies’ ability to implement reforms included in the 2010 Dodd-Frank law and the 2014 Farm Bill. I hope Congress adopts the Senate’s more moderate approach and restores this funding as the bill progresses.”

National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.


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