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National Farmers Union supports Farm Bill extension

Members of the National Farmers Union, meeting for their annual convention in Denver, today voiced support for extending the 2002 Farm Bill.

According to a statement from NFU, the group believes that in light of the continuing trade negotiations and rural America's declining economy, Congress should extend the current farm bill for an additional year. This would ensure continuation of the economic safety net and other vital farm bill programs.

"Extending the current farm bill may provide trade negotiators with incentive to bring back the very best deal possible for American agriculture," NFU President Tom Buis said. "Rural America needs the vital programs included in the farm bill to ensure its survival."

Buis said that even though the farm bill has saved more than $13 billion during its first three years, the administration and Congress continue to reduce its funding through the budget reconciliation process as a way of addressing the federal deficit.

Members of the National Farmers Union, meeting for their annual convention in Denver, today voiced support for extending the 2002 Farm Bill.

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