WASHINGTON — In a letter to Senate and House leaders, industry associations and business groups yesterday called on Congress to reform federal farm policy. Signed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, National Retail Federation, Retail Industry Leaders Association, National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, it outlined three major farm-reform policy goals including “a reduction in excess subsidies, the elimination of substantial domestic and international agricultural market distortions and the protection of basic U.S. farm policies from unwarranted World Trade Organization attacks,” according to statement released by GMA. The House Agriculture Committee is expected to begin consideration of a new farm bill today. “It is time for Congress to reform our outdated farm policy to better serve the needs of rural America and the entire U.S. economy,” said Cal Dooley, president and chief executive officer of GMA, in a statement.
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