According to National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson – farmers and ranchers understand the need to do their part to trim the deficit – but says the ag spending bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee has agriculture shouldering a disproportionate share of the burden. He notes the economy – especially in rural areas – is on the edge of recovery. When funding is slashed for research, rural development and renewable energy – Johnson says we’re taking our foot off of the accelerator and stepping on the brakes.
Johnson believes the most egregious part of the proposal is language that would stop the writing and implementation of the proposed GIPSA rule. He calls the language a blatant attempt to advance a policy goal through appropriations – and urges that funds for the enforcement of the rule be reinstated in future versions of the ag appropriations bill.

NAFB News Service