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Alliance Calls for Action on 2012 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON — The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance, a national coalition of more than 120 grower organizations, released a statement on Tuesday urging the Senate to move forward on efforts to pass a 2012 Farm Bill.

The Senate is currently considering a one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill with disaster relief assistance.

The group, which advocates for specialty crop producers, emphasized its concern that a one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill “falls short of the Alliance’s goal and hinders access to key programs for our producers directly related to research, value-added producer grants, and important programs that enhance domestic production.” 

“Both the House and Senate have made significant progress in this endeavor… making reforms to key programs important to specialty crop producers in this country, and we urge Congress to continue moving forward with a legislative process that best achieves those objectives this year,” the Alliance said in a statement issued today.

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