National Farmers Union (NFU) Vice President of Government Relations Chandler Goule issued a statement following the announcement of President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 Budget:
“The agriculture community has shown time and time again that we are willing to contribute our fair share to solving our nation’s economic problems. However, we are only able to support cuts to important farm safety net and conservation programs in the context of a new, comprehensive five-year farm bill.
“NFU is pleased with the continued commitment to renewable energy, including farm bill energy programs and the permanent extension of the production tax credit (PTC). The budget shows that the president recognizes the role of rural America in leading the clean energy revolution. We urge Congress to continue this commitment by providing robust mandatory funding for all energy programs in the next farm bill.
“The budget’s $500 million cut to the Food for Peace program is alarming. The agriculture community has always been, and continues to be, the leading proponent of food aid to protect the hungry in times of crisis and advance the United States’ humanitarian efforts.
“We look forward to working through the budget process to ensure that strong policy is enacted 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.
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