Farm Bill (2006)

WHEREAS, the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 is set to expire in September of 2007 and we support full implementation and funding of all provisions consistent with the original intent of Congress; and

WHEREAS, the Administration and Congress continue to raid funding from farm bill programs through the budget reconciliation process as a way of reducing the federal deficit despite the farm bill saving more than $13 billion in the first three years of enactment; and

WHEREAS, rural America’s economy has deteriorated at a rapid pace as a result of skyrocketing energy inputs, low commodity prices, looming budget cuts and weather related disasters; and

WHEREAS, an agreement has not been finalized at the World Trade Organization which will apply limits and disciplines for future domestic agricultural policies,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, Texas Farmers Union supports extending the Farm Security and Investment Act of 2002 for an additional year to ensure continuation of our economic safety net and other vital farm bill programs. Extending the current farm policy may provide U.S. negotiators with incentive to bring back the very best deal possible for American agriculture.

Texas Farmers Union, P.O. Box 738, Sweetwater, Tx 79556