FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2018
Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee leadership today released draft text of a new farm bill. National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to the draft text:
“Farmers Union appreciates the hard work of Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow to develop a farm bill that improves our food system and the lives of all Americans.
“There hasn’t been a more turbulent time for family farmers in thirty years—significantly depressed farm prices, domestic market uncertainty, distressed trade relations, and increasingly devastating weather events have created a fraught and stressful climate in agriculture. Times like these require the certainty of a farm bill and an adequate safety net for family farmers.
“The Senate’s draft text of the 2018 Farm Bill makes significant improvements over the current version of the House bill. Nonetheless, we will encourage the Senate to make important improvements to the farm safety net and to programs that enhance long-term sustainability and access to markets for family farmers and ranchers.”
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.