New House Agriculture Committee Chair, Frank Lucas of Oklahoma says the policy recommendations approved by delegates to the American Farm Bureau annual meeting this week in Atlanta will serve as a guide during the process of reauthorizing the farm bill in 2012.
“The resolutions AFBF passed during the annual meeting will serve as an important guide as we begin the process of reauthorizing the farm bill in 2012,” said Lucas. “We share a belief that a strong safety net for our farmers and ranchers is essential for producing an abundant and affordable food and fiber supply. The 2012 farm bill faces clear budget challenges and I encourage all involved to begin thinking about how we address these challenges in the most fiscally responsible way.
Chairman Lucas also said he welcomed Farm Bureau’s “continued efforts to rein in the EPA’s aggressive attempts to impose new regulations.”
“I want to commend the Farm Bureau for taking a strong stance on one of the most significant issues facing American agriculture: the hostile regulatory approach of the EPA,” Lucas said. “As the new Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, I pledge to hold vigorous oversight of the administration on a number of issues that threaten the livelihoods of our farmers and ranchers.”
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