Waco, TX (August 9, 2007) – Texas Farmers Union (TFU) President Wes Sims today declared that because of the large increases in fuels, fertilizers, seeds and other input cost the farm bill proposal passed by the U. S. House of Representatives is woefully inadequate. "Our farmers will be called upon to not receive any price increases but to absorb large reductions over a ten year period (from 2002 to 2012). This certainly will not provide a meaningful safety net for our farmers or the consumers."
“There are a large number of other issues which are cause for deep concern for T.F.U. members," stated President Sims. "The administrations budget proposal does not provide enough funding; therefore, members of both the House and Senate must take a strong stand for all our people and not allow this to happen."
The producers of southern crops, (cotton, rice and peanuts,) are called upon to take the largest hits, because of their low prices, but as the other crops prices cycle most farmers sooner than later will find themselves in the same position.
"Most of the changes to the multiple-entity rule will do much harm to many producers and to the economy of our rural communities", said Sims. "Also, I believe there is new language that gives too much discretionary authority to the Secretary of Agriculture concerning adjustments to loan rates, world market prices, quality adjustments and more."
"Farmers Union presented to both the House and Senate Ag Committees a farm bill proposal that would work for our nation, all our people and our producers but much of it has been ignored", said Sims. "Another group that claims to represent all sectors of the cotton industry negotiated the cotton section, but we fail to find much that adds benefit to the majority of our producers." TFU stands ready to work with any or all to bring about a Farm Bill that is beneficial to all!
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