Letters, signed by 194 agriculture groups including the American Sheep Industry Association, were sent to members of the U.S. House of Representatives applauding the Agriculture Committee for expeditiously moving forward on a five-year Farm Bill.
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," said the signators. "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."