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Farmers Union supports disaster aid extension legislation

The National Farmers Union board today passed a resolution supporting legislation to extend for one year the disaster programs for crops and livestock producers that were in the 2008 farm bill, but have expired.

The NFU board, which is meeting in Gig Harbor, Wash., also called for passage of a new farm bill before the 2008 bill expires on Sept. 30.

Roger Johnson
Roger Johnson
“The U.S. House must act now to pass the farm bill before current legislation expires in about two months," said NFU President Roger Johnson.

“It is critical that Congress supports the legislation sponsored by Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Kent Conrad, D-N.D., Tim Johnson, D-S.D. and Jon Tester, D-Mont., that would extend the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE), Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), Livestock Forage Program (LFP), and Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP) for one year,” Johnson said. “More than 1,000 counties in 26 states have declared disasters due to the drought and wildfire, and farmers currently do not have adequate assistance for their 2011 and 2012 weather-related crop losses.”

“NFU is concerned by extreme weather conditions that are causing severe hardship for farmers and ranchers across the country, with no end in sight,” said Johnson.

“We are experiencing unprecedented weather in 2012, which has resulted in 3,215 daily high temperature records in the month of June 2012 alone," he said. "Congress must act to protect U.S. family farmers and ranchers from such extreme weather, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture must continue working to streamline disaster programs so they are easily accessible to those who need them most.”