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Letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees, Re: Include Strong Specialty Crop Provisions in Farm Bill Reauthorization

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Letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees, Re: Include Strong Specialty Crop Provisions in Farm Bill Reauthorization

Senator Clinton Pushes for Strong Specialty Crop Provisions in Farm Bill Reauthorization

Clinton Continues Strong Support for Specialty Crop Farmers

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and several of their colleagues today to underscore the critical importance of maintaining strong specialty crop provisions in the final version of the Farm Bill. In a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees, the coalition urged them to include full mandatory funding for this key sector of American agriculture.

"The reauthorization of the farm bill offers a unique opportunity to ensure that we expand funding for the specialty crop industry - an agricultural industry that is not fully recognized in our current farm policy, but that makes up nearly half of our nation's crop cash receipts," said Senator Clinton. "Full mandatory funding is critical to initiatives that improve nutrition, trade and competitiveness, food quality, conservation, and combat obesity and juvenile diabetes, along with a host of other key projects that are vital to our agricultural communities throughout New York and across rural America."

Specialty crop provisions are a key component in the reauthorization of farm programs and the treatment of specialty crops will be an important factor during consideration of the Farm Bill. With specialty crops representing approximately 50 percent of U.S. crop cash receipts it is important that the Farm Bill include provisions to support and enhance this important sector of American agriculture.

A copy of the letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members is attached -

February 14, 2008

The Honorable Tom Harkin
Chairman
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee
328A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Collin Peterson
Chairman
Committee on Agriculture
1301 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Saxby Chambliss
Ranking Member
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee
328A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Bob Goodlatte
Ranking Member
Committee on Agriculture
1301 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairmen and Ranking Members:

We write to thank you for your leadership in including strong specialty crops provisions in both the Senate and House versions of the Farm Bill, and reiterate our strong support for maintaining these important programs as you work through conference.

As you know, specialty crops represent approximately 50 percent of U.S. crop cash receipts and are of great significance both to farmers working the land and consumers seeking healthy foods. Therefore, we continue to believe very strongly that the Farm Bill should include mandatory funding for programs that support and enhance this important sector of American agriculture.

As you work through the conference process, we ask for your continued leadership and support of mandatory funding and retaining the highest funding levels for specialty crop programs.

Both the House and Senate bills include funding for programs that are vital to specialty crop growers. The Specialty Crop Block Grant program, which helps local stakeholders with local projects, research programs that will improve the taste and quality of healthful foods, and expansion of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable (Snack) Program nationwide are three examples of significant and valuable investments made in both the House and Senate bills. These and other programs will increase the competitiveness of our specialty crop farmers, and will encourage healthy foods and community projects that will help develop life-long health through consumption of fruits and vegetables.

We are pleased that the Senate bill included approximately $2.2 billion in mandatory funding over five years for specialty crops, and the House bill provided approximately $1.6 billion over five years. We strongly urge you to ensure that funding for these vital programs remains at the highest possible level during conference negotiations. We understand that you face a difficult task in crafting a final version of the Farm Bill, and we appreciate your leadership on this important issue.

Sincerely,


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