House Farm Bill Coalition Letter

 

June 11, 2013

{Sent to each member of the House individually}

Dear:

The undersigned organizations applaud the House Committee on Agriculture for expeditiously moving forward on a five year farm bill.

The Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013 (H.R. 1947) achieves spending cuts that reduce the Federal budget deficit, saving taxpayers $40 billion, including $6 billion through sequestration. It also repeals or consolidates more than 100 programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including Direct Payments to crop producers. Without passage of FARRM, no budget savings will be achieved beyond sequestration.

The farm bill promotes an economically healthy U.S. agriculture sector. Its policies serve a variety of purposes including: meeting the food, fuel and fiber needs of consumers worldwide; providing a farm and natural resource safety net; improving our balance of trade through trade promotion programs; promoting rural development; and creating needed jobs here at home.

We stand united in our strong support for a new five-year bill and commend the House Committee on Agriculture for advancing a bill for timely action by the full House. Failure to pass a five-year farm bill before the end of September would mean continued uncertainty for farmers, ranchers and their rural communities; it would also mean that American taxpayer would see none of the budget savings achieved.

We look forward to working with you towards our common goal of passing a five year farm bill.

Sincerely,

AgCountry Farm Credit Services

AgFirst Farm Credit Bank

AgPreference

Ag Processing, Inc.

AgriBank

Agribusiness Council of Indiana

Agricultural Council of California

AgStar Financial Services

AgTEXAS Farm Credit

Alabama Farmers’ Cooperative, Inc.

Amcot

American AgCredit

American Association of Crop Insurers

American Bankers Association

American Beekeeping Federation

American Crystal Sugar Company

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Farmland Trust

American Feed Industry Association

American Frozen Food Institute

American Fruit and Vegetable Processors and Growers Coalition

American Meat Institute

American Seed Trade Association

American Sheep Industry Association

American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers

American Soybean Association

American Sugar Alliance

American Sugar Cane League

American Sugarbeet Growers Association

American Veterinary Medical Association

Apricot Producers of California

Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Badgerland Financial, ACA

Biotechnology Industry Organization

Blue Diamond Growers

Calcot Ltd.

California Association of Winegrape Growers

California Canning Peach Association

California Date Commission

California Fig Advisory Board

California Strawberry Commission

California Walnut Commission

Canned Food Alliance

Carolinas Cotton Growers Cooperative

Ceres Solutions LLP

CHS Inc.

Co-Alliance LLP

CoBank

Cooperative Network

Colorado Corn Growers Association

Colorado Sorghum Producers

Corn Producers Association of Texas

Cotton Growers Warehouse Association

Cotton Warehouse Association of America

CountryMark

Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau

Crop Insurance Professionals Association

CropLife America

Dairy Farmers of America

Dairy Producers of New Mexico

Dairy Producers of Utah

Dairylea Cooperative Inc.

Ducks Unlimited

Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association

Farm Credit Bank of Texas

Farm Credit Council

Farm Credit East

Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma

Farm Credit of Maine

Farm Credit of Ness City

Farm Credit of New Mexico

Farm Credit of Southern Colorado

Farm Credit West

Farm Credit Western Arkansas

Farm Credit Services of America

Farm Credit Services of Illinois

Farmer Mac

FCS Financial

Florida Crystals Corporation

Florida Sugar Cane League

Fruit Growers Supply Company

GreenStone Farm Credit Services

GROWMARK, Inc.

Hawaii Sugar Farmers

Idaho Dairymen’s Association

Independent Community Bankers of America

Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America

Irrigation Association

Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association

Kansas Cooperative Council

Kansas Grain & Feed Association

Land Improvement Contractors of America

Land O’ Lakes, Inc.

Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc.

MBG Marketing

Michigan Agri-Business Council

Michigan Bean Shippers

Michigan Milk Producers Association

Michigan Processing Apple Growers

Milk Producers Council of California

National Association of Conservation Districts

National Association of RC&D Councils

National Association of State Conservation Agencies

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

National Association of Wheat Growers

National Barley Growers Association

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

National Chicken Council

National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research

National Conservation District Employees Association

National Corn Growers Association

National Cotton Council

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

National Farmers Union

National Grape Cooperative Association Inc.

National Milk Producers Federation

National Pork Producers Council

National Renderers Association

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

National Sorghum Producers

National Sunflower Association

National Turkey Federation

National Wild Turkey Federation

Nebraska Cooperative Council

Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board

Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association

New Mexico Sorghum Association

New Mexico Peanut Growers Association

North American Blueberry Council

Northeast States Association for Agricultural Stewardship

Northwest Dairy Association/Darigold, Inc.

Northwest Farm Credit Services

NORPAC Foods, Inc.

Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.

Oklahoma Agribusiness Retailers Association

Oklahoma Agricultural Cooperative Council

Oklahoma Grain & Feed Association

Oklahoma Peanut Commission

Oklahoma Seed Trade Association

Oklahoma Sorghum Association

Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association

Olive Growers Council of California

Oregon Association of Nurseries

Pacific Coast Producers

Panhandle Peanut Growers Association

Partners for Sustainable Pollination

Pheasants Forever

Plains Cotton Cooperative Association

Pollinator Partnership

Public Lands Council

Quail Forever

Riceland Foods, Inc.

Rio Grande Valley Sugar Growers

Select Milk Producers, Inc.

South Dakota Association of Cooperatives

South Dakota Wheat Growers

South East Dairy Farmers Association

Southern Cotton Growers

Southern Peanut Farmers Federation

Southern States Cooperative, Inc.

Southwest Council of Agribusiness

Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance

Staplcotn

State Agriculture and Rural Leaders

Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida

Sunkist Growers, Inc.

Sun-Maid Growers of California

Sunsweet Growers, Inc.

Tennessee Farmers Cooperative

Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council

Texas Cattle Feeders Association

Texas Grain Sorghum Association

Texas Wheat Producers Association

The Fertilizer Institute

The Nature Conservancy

United Dairymen of Arizona

United FCS

United Producers, Inc.

US Canola Association

US Cattlemen’s Association

US Dry Bean Council

US Rice Producers Association

U.S. Beet Sugar Association

U.S. Sugar Corporation

USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council

USA Rice Federation

Valley Fig Growers

Washington State Council of Farmer Cooperatives

Washington State Dairy Federation

Welch Foods Inc., A Cooperative

West Central Cooperative

Western AgCredit

Western Peanut Growers Association

Yankee Farm Credit

Yosemite Farm Credit

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