News from New York Farm Bureau:
Dean Norton, president of New York Farm Bureau, made this comment on the expiration of the Farm Bill.
is déjà vu all over again for New York’s farmers. Without
Congressional action today, agriculture policy in this country is left
in limbo much like what happened
one year ago. Only this time, the likelihood of a one-year extension
"This only raises the uncertainty level on our farms that
are looking to plan ahead for next year as the current harvest season
enters its final stages. How does any business
set a budget, purchase supplies, or make hiring decisions without
having some idea of what governmental policies are in place that have a
direct impact on what they do day-in and day-out?
"This is the dilemma
facing all of our farms that contribute so much
to the physical and economic health of their communities.
York Farm Bureau has worked well with our representation in Washington,
DC. We urge lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to act soon in
Conference Committee to
hammer out a compromise on the legislation passed in the Senate and the
House. Without it, our dairies are put in an especially vulnerable
position if volatile milk prices swing too low.
"This will continue to
leave many of New York’s important fruit and
vegetable growers without a reasonable safety net as well. In addition,
a number of other cost saving reforms and vital programs will be cast
aside if there is no movement to secure a responsible farm policy in the
next few months.
won’t just be the state’s farmers who will pay the price of not having a
Farm Bill in place, but consumers as well, who increasingly want access
to local food. We
are in the business of feeding people, and it is also important that
the neediness of New Yorkers have the ability to put healthy food on
their families’ dinner tables,” he said.