Posted: August 29, 2012
The number of groups that have signed on to the diverse Farm Bill Now coalition has grown to 46 at last count and representatives from several of them were on hand this week at the Farm Progress Show to talk about why it is important for Congress to pass new legislation next month before the current bill expires.
“We are representing everything from row crops to specialty crops, livestock, equipment to farmers markets,” said National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Pam Johnson. “Very rarely do you hear of so many groups getting together for one joint message, and when you do hear that, you should listen.”
Among the diverse representation in the coalition is the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. “Our farmers, our manufacturers, our American workers and families, simply cannot afford to have Congress keep delaying this,” said AEM president Dennis Slater.
Other speakers for the coalition at the FPS included Ron Heck, board member of the 25×25 Alliance, American Soybean Association president Steve Wellman, Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill and Iowa Farmers Union president Chris Peterson.
Listen to or download comments from all here: Farm Bill Now at FPS