WASHINGTON -- National Farmers Union (NFU) Secretary and Minnesota Farmers Union President Doug Peterson presented on a panel today (on November 14, 2013) sponsored by Politico Pro Agriculture. The event was designed to be a series of conversations among policy and industry leaders exploring the future of our nation's agriculture community, the farm bill and the regulatory road ahead.
“The agriculture community has been challenged recently in a number of ways by Mother Nature as well as Congress,” said Peterson. “It is important to recognize the urgency of passing a five year farm bill this year.”
Peterson also discussed the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and its impact on U.S. family farmers and ranchers, rural economies and the environment.
“The RFS is pivotal to the success of second-generation as well as first-generation renewable fuel,” said Peterson. “These markets need the policy stability and certainty that the RFS provides to continue to grow.”
“The RFS should not be altered legislatively and the White House should continue to provide stability by issuing aggressive Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) numbers.
Along with other agricultural and renewable energy organization leaders, Peterson was joined at the event by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Rep. Collin Peterson, ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, and Rep. Steve King, chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight and Nutrition.
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.